This work focuses on three biological systems, providing the reader with a clear understanding of the current state of affairs, and the ability to identify common principles as well as critical differences that are responsible for beginning the process of animal development.
The essays presented will be of practical value to all those who are interested in improving fertilization in vitro, in designing novel methods of contraception, in developing preimplantation genetic diagnosis for various diseases, in cloning animals by transplanting nuclei from adult cells to an enucleated egg, and in the application of embryonic stem cells to curing genetic diseases or replacing damaged tissues. But above all, this volume is offered to those who simply have an insatiable curiosity about life and its beginnings.
Mouse egg zona pellucida, vitelline envelope, and related extracellular glycoproteins (L. Jovine, E.S. Litscher, P.M. Wassarman).
Activation of zygotic gene expression in the mouse (M.L. DePamphilis, K.J. Kaneko, A. Vassilev).
Early embryonic gene transcription in xenopus (G.J.C. Veenstra).
Regulation of the cell cycle during oogenesis and early embryogenesis in drosophila (G. Bosco, T.L. Orr-Weaver).
Transcriptional control of anterior-posterior patterning in the drosophila embryo (A. Nasiadka, B.H. Dietrich, H.M. Krause).
Embryonic stem cell development (C. Stewart).
Genomic imprinting (K.L. Arney, S. Erhardt, M.A. Surani).