Rudnick, Dorothea Department of Biology, Albertus Magnus College, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
McDaniel, Carl N. Department of Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
Last reviewed:November 2019
- Developmental View
- Regulative and mosaic development
- Cytoplasmic determinants and induction
- Molecular mechanisms
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A large field of investigation that includes the study of all changes associated with an organism as it progresses through the life cycle. The life cycles of all multicellular organisms exhibit many similarities. That is, as an organism progresses from one generation to the next, there is a series of common processes: for example, gametogenesis, fertilization, embryogenesis, cell differentiation, tissue differentiation, organogenesis, maturation, growth, reproduction, senescence, and death. See also: Animal growth; Cell cycle; Cell senescence; Embryogenesis; Fertilization (animal); Fertilization (plant); Gametogenesis; Plant growth
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