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Zhi-Chun Lai - professor of biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: The Making of a Fly—The Genetics of Animal Design

Author: P. A. Lawrence

Book Description:

How a multicellular animal develops from a single fertilized egg cell has fascinated many generations of developmental biologists, yet it remains to be one of the greatest challenging questions in biology. Most of our current knowledge of genetic control of development has come from fruit fly. Dr. P. Lawrence is a leading scientist in this exciting research field. In this book, he has done a marvelous job explaining some key developmental processes such as determination of body plan and intercellular communication from what has been learned from studies with fruit fly. This is a fun book to read for both biologist and non-biologist.

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