7.22 / 7.72 Developmental Biology

As taught in: Fall 2005

A diagram demonstrating normal vs. animal half alone development of a sea urchin.

Normal development and animal half development of an early sea urchin embryo. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. Hazel Sive

Prof. Martha Constantine-Paton

Course Features

Course Description

This graduate and advanced undergraduate level lecture and literature discussion course covers the current understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate animal development. Evolutionary mechanisms are emphasized as well as the discussion of relevant diseases. Vertebrate (mouse, chick, frog, fish) and invertebrate (fly, worm) models are covered. Specific topics include formation of early body plan, cell type determination, organogenesis, morphogenesis, stem cells, cloning, and issues in human development.