Emerging Model Systems in Developmental Biology

Emerging Model Systems in Developmental Biology

1st Edition - March 1, 2022
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  • Editors: Bob Goldstein, Mansi Srivastava
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128201541

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An ever-growing roster of model organisms is a hallmark of 21st century Developmental Biology. Emerging model organisms are well suited to asking some fascinating and important questions that cannot be addressed using established model systems. And new methods are increasingly facilitating the adoption of new research organisms in laboratories. This volume is written by some of the scientists who have played pivotal roles in developing new models or in significantly advancing tools in emerging systems.

Key Features

  • Presents some of the most interesting additions to the core set of model organisms
  • Contains contributions from people who have developed new model systems or advanced tools
  • Includes personal stories about how and why model systems were developed


Basic scientists in cell and developmental biology and evolutionary biology; students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to enter these fields and make further discoveries.

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Emergence of Tardigrades as a Model System for Evolution of Body Forms and Survival of Extremes
    Bob Goldstein
    2. The liverwort Marchantia polymorpha, a model for all ages
    John Bowman
    3. Axolotl-regenerating a classical model organism in the molecular age
    Elly Tanaka
    4. The invertebrate chordate amphioxus gives clues to vertebrate origins
    Linda Z. Holland
    5. The wild grass Brachypodium distachyon as a developmental model system
    Michael T. Raissig
    6. Slipper snails, stepping forward into the 21st century
    Jonathan Q. Henry
    7. Past, present and future of Clytia hemisphaerica as a laboratory jellyfish
    Evelyn Houliston
    8. The crustacean model Parhyale hawaiensis
    Michalis Averof
    9. The lesser Egyptian jerboa, a bipedal rodent with extreme adaptations to desert survival
    Kimberly Cooper
    10. Lessons from outside the Hood:  Ctenophores and Cnidarians
    Mark Q. Martindale
    11. From muddy waters to glowing cultures: The establishment of molecular genetics in the choanoflagellate Salpingoeca rosetta
    Nicole King
    12. The good, the bad, and the ugly: from planarians to parasites
    James J. Collins III and Phillip Newmark
    13. Development of the skate, Leucoraja erinacea: insight into early vertebrate body plan evolution, neuroscience and regeneration
    Andrew Gillis
    14. Regenerating planarians: renovating a classic system
    Phillip Newmark
    15. The remarkable biology of spiny mice (Acomys)
    Ashley Winn Seifert
    16. Digging in the mud: the annelid Capitella teleta as a model for EvoDevo studies
    Elaine Seaver
    17. The leech Helobdella austinensis as a touchstone for integrating studies of development and related fields in clitellate annelids
    David Weisblat
    18. The field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus as an excellent model for evolutionary, developmental, and regenerative studies
    Sumihare Noji
    19. The centipede Strigamia maritima and other myriapod models
    Michael Akam
    20. The power of panther worms for studying regeneration, stem cells, and EvoDevo
    Mansi Srivastava
    21. Hemichordate models in developmental biology
    Christopher John Lowe
    22. Ants: an emerging model superorganism for Evolutionary Developmental Biology
    Ehab Abouheif
    23. Clear and simple: naid annelids for integrative studies of regeneration, asexual reproduction, and life history evolution
    Alexandra Bely
    24. Streblospio benedicti: A genetic model for understanding the evolution of development and life-history
    Christina Zakas

Product details

  • No. of pages: 362
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: March 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128201541

About the Serial Volume Editors

Bob Goldstein

Bob Goldstein
Bob Goldstein is the James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His laboratory uses C. elegans as a model for discovering fundamental mechanisms in cell and developmental biology, and he has developed tardigrades as emerging models for studying the evolution of development and how biological materials can survive extreme conditions.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of North Carolina, USA

Mansi Srivastava

Mansi Srivastava
Mansi Srivastava is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a Curator of Invertebrate Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. She developed the three-banded panther worm as a new research organism, which her laboratory uses to study the evolution of development, regeneration, and stem cells.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, MA, USA