Developmental Biology is the study of the process by which organisms grow and develop. Originating in embryology, today developmental biology studies the genetic control of cell growth, differentiation and specialization into tissues and organs.
The findings of developmental biology can help to understand (or some day, cure) developmental malfunctions such as chromosomal aberration, for example, Down syndrome. An understanding of the specialization of [[stem cell]s to specific tissues and organs could lead to the specific colning of organs for medical purposes.
- See also
- allantois, amnion, blastocyst, blastomere, blastula, blastulation, chorion, chrysalis, cleavage, ectoderm, embryo, embryogenesis, embryogeny, embryology, endoderm, evocation, extra-embryonic membrane, fetus (or foetus), gastrula, gastrulation, germ layer, germ plasm, germ, germination, induction, juvenile, larva, mesoderm, metamorphosis, morula, neoteny, nymph, ontogeny, oosperm, ovism, paedogenesis, pangenesis, phylogeny, primordium, pupa, rudiment, teratology, zygote