Branching morphogenesis, the creation of branched structures in the body, is a key feature of animal and plant development. This book brings together, for the first time, expert researchers working on a variety of branching systems to present a state-of-the-art view of the mechanisms that control branching morphogenesis. Systems considered range from single cells, to blood vessel and drainage duct systems to entire body plans, and approaches range from observation through experiment to detailed biophysical modelling. The result is an integrated overview of branching.
Contains detailed illustrationsThe only advanced-level book to focus on branching morphogenesisBrings together many different branching systems in one volume, in a way that highlights their similarities and differences, encourages readers to consider applying principles learned in one system to the others, and suggests many potential avenues of researchIntegrates observational, experimental and theoretical (computer modeling) approaches and therefore is highly approproate to the growing interdisciplinary methods of research