Landmarks in Developmental Biology 1883–1924

Historical Essays from Roux’s Archives

  • Klaus Sander

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Jean-Louis Fischer
    Pages 23-25
  3. K. Nübler-Jung, D. Arendt
    Pages 84-93

About this book


Developmental biology took shape between 1880 and the 1920`s Basic concepts like the developmental role of chromosomes and the germ plasm (today`s genome), self differentiation, embryonic regulation and induction, gradients and organizers hail from that period; indeed, the discipline was defined as a whole by the programmatic writings of Wilhelm Roux as early as 1889. The present essays cover the period up to the Nobel prize-winning work of Hans Spemann and Hilde Mangold. They were originally published in Roux's Archives of Developmental Biology, from Vol. 200 onward to the journal's centennial issues in 1995/96. The essays aim at introducing current adepts of developmental biology to observations and experiments that have lead their predecessors towards basic concepts still influential today.


Embryonic induction Frag History of developmental biology Insects Mitose Regulation Vertebrate developmental biology

Authors and affiliations

  • Klaus Sander
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biologie I (Zoologie)Albert-Ludwigs-Universität FreiburgFreiburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64428-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60492-8
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