is the way that living things become different. This course
will focus on embryology, the process by which a fertilized
egg becomes an entire organism. The creation of a new
organism from a single cell requires coordination of growth,
differentiation and morphogenesis, the generation of form.
We will explore several model animal systems and a variety
of scientific approaches that have been used to study them.
As embryology is, by definition, the study of embryos, it
should be taught in the lab; we will spend as much time as
possible there. (In a perfect world, embryology should be
taught in a marine station on the Mediterranean, but
an essential ingredient in development; you should plan on
returning to make observations over the course of the week.
the end of the course, you should have a good understanding
of the basic processes that underlie the development of a
variety of organisms, and the molecular interactions
responsible for them.In
addition, we will focus on written and oral communication
skills in a variety of formats (including the design of Web
pages to contribute to the course Web site), and on the
interpretation of primary literature.
will make every effort to operate the lab as a research lab,
especially while conducting independent projects.
I expect you exercise
caution, good judgement and consideration for others while
working in the lab.
You are responsible
for leaving your work area clean and for rinsing out your
own glassware.Soap and other
toxic chemicals should be kept away from glassware
used for embryos.In addition,
we will be making extensive use of research equipment,
including microscopes with digital cameras; these
must be treated with respect and the microscopes left
clean. Failure to do this
could result in being forced to document your observations
the old fashioned way - by drawing them!
You are responsible
for maintaining and returning your microscopes and
dissecting equipment in good working condition. Please
notify one of your instructors if you have any
student is required to maintain an orderly laboratory
notebook.This should contain
your actual notes, observations, calculations and
conclusions. It should
The basic principle that
should should keep in mind is "could another student repeat
what I have done, using my notebook as a
guide?"Try to make your
observations as complete as possible; your notebook will be
your only source of data when writing your experiments up.
Take time at the beginning of
each experiment to consider what information you need to
obtain and what your data gathering strategy will