Announcements and Course Information

  • Welcome to MCB 410! This upper-level course examines how a single cell (the fertilized egg) gives rise to a complete organism.
    Our goals are for you:
        (i) to understand the experimental basis of our current understanding of development;
        (ii) to think critically about experimental evidence; and
        (iii) to share our enthusiasm about this fascinating field.
    We will be emphasizing how the study of model organisms has driven the explosion of knowledge about developmental mechanisms, and the amazing extent to which these mechanisms have been conserved evolutionarily.

Image: Chromatin diminution in Ascaris embryos (Boveri, 1910) from Views of the Cell by J.G. Gall, ASCB Press (1996).