Zoology 470 ~ Introduction to Animal Development
MWF, 1:20 pm, 132 Noland Hall
Jeff Hardin, Professor, Department of Zoology
327 Zoology Research, phone 262-9634
email: firstname.lastname@example.org [Note
: NOT email@example.com!!]
Office Hours: MF 2:25-3:15 pm, or by appointment
Allison Lynch, Graduate Student, Genetics
319 Zoology Research, phone 265-2520
Office Hours: appointment
optional discussion: W 2:25 pm, room 342 Noland
: S. Gilbert,
, 8th ed. Sinauer and Associates, 2006. Gilbert et al,
Bioethics and the New Embryology
. Sinauer and Associates, 2005.
Required Additional Materials:
Lecture handouts and additional readings will be available
online, and will be announced in class and via email.
What’s this course all about? Unifying Concepts
Zoo 470 is designed to provide an overview of the major features of early embryonic development in
(1) How do developmental biologists think about embryos?
We'll look at major big ideas in
development. In many cases, classic experiments define the major problems being attacked at the
molecular level today.
(2) How do developmental biologists study embryos?
We’ll look at molecular and cellular techniques
that developmental biologists use, as well as basic properties of cells that we’ll need to know for the rest
of the semester.
How do genes control development?
We’ll look at how the regulation of specific genes influences
the ways in which parts of the embryo become different. We’ll look at how are specific genes are turned
“on” and “off” in different parts of an embryo, and why that’s important for building an embryo.
(4) How does an animal embryo arise from a fertilized egg?
We’ll look at how sperm and egg are
produced, how they unite, and what the consequences are for the onset of embryonic development.
We’ll look at how
the basic body plan established, and
how the basic organization of the embryo
morphogenesis, or “body building”. We’ll look at several well-studied invertebrate model systems to
help us understand the molecular controls underlying pattern formation, including nematodes and fruit
flies. We'll study gastrulation: how the primary axes of the body are constructed.