Encyclopedia of Reproduction - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128118993

Encyclopedia of Reproduction

2nd Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Michael K. Skinner
Book ISBN: 9780128118993
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 3864
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Encyclopedia of Reproduction, Second Edition comprehensively reviews biology and abnormalities, also covering the most common diseases in humans, such as prostate and breast cancer, as well as normal developmental biology, including embryogenesis, gestation, birth and puberty. Each article provides a comprehensive overview of the selected topic to inform a broad spectrum of readers, from advanced undergraduate students, to research professionals. Chapters also explore the latest advances in cloning, stem cells, endocrinology, clinical reproductive medicine and genomics.

As reproductive health is a fundamental component of an individual’s overall health status and a central determinant of quality of life, this book provides the most extensive and authoritative reference within the field.

Key Features

  • Provides a one-stop shop for information on reproduction that is not available elsewhere
  • Includes extensive coverage of the full range of topics, from basic, to clinical considerations, including evolutionary advances in molecular, cellular, developmental and clinical sciences
  • Includes multimedia and interactive teaching tools, such as downloadable PowerPoint slides, video content and interactive elements, such as the Virtual Microscope


Students as well as clinicians, researchers and professionals in the field of reproductive medicine seeking specific information on topics outside of their immediate area of expertise. Laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and graduate, departmental and medical school libraries

Table of Contents

Volume I: Male Reproduction
Edited by Bernard Jégou and Michael Skinner
Testis Cell Biology
Testis Physiology
Male Endocrinology
Male Reproductive Tract
Male Reproductive Physiology
Comparative Mammalian Male Reproduction
Environmental Toxicology

Volume II: Female Reproduction
Edited by Tom Spencer and Judi Flaws
Ovary Development
Female Endocrinology
Female Reproductive Physiology
Female Reproductive Tract
Early Pregnancy and Implantation
Comparative Mammalian Female Reproduction
Environment and Toxicology
Mammary Gland

Volume III: Gametogenesis, Fertilization and Early Development
Edited by John McCarrey and Wei Yan
Sexual Development
Fetal Development
Germline Epigenetic Inheritance
Environmental Impacts on Gametogenesis and Embryogenesis

Volume IVa: Reproductive Medicine Female
Edited by Carlos Simon Valles and Craig Niederberger
Evaluation Female Fertility
Medical Conditions
Family Planning
Treatment: Medical
Treatment: Medical
Mental health, ethics and the law

Volume IVb: Reproductive Medicine Male
Edited by Carlos Simon Valles and Craig Niederberger
Medical Conditions
Treatment: Medical
Treatment: Surgical
Mental health, ethics and the law
Male Reproductive Cancer and Disease

Volume V: Reproductive Medicine Assisted Reproduction
Edited by Carlos Simon Valles and Craig Niederberger
Technical Processes
Semen analysis
IVF Laboratory
Genetics and Epigenetics
Clinical Strategies
Special Medical Conditions
Prenatal Screening


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Michael K. Skinner

Dr. Michael Skinner is the Eastlick Distinguished Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University. He did his B.S. in Chemistry at Reed College in Portland Oregon, his Ph.D, in Biochemistry at Washington State University and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the C.H. Best Institute at the University of Toronto. Recently he did a sabbatical in bioinformatics at Rosetta/Merck. He has been on the faculty of the Pharmacology Department at Vanderbilt University and the Reproductive Sciences and Physiology at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Skinner’s research is focused on the area of reproductive biology and environmental epigenetics. Past studies have elucidated several critical events in the initiation of male sex differentiation, testis development and ovarian primordial follicle development. His current research has demonstrated the ability of environmental toxicants, such as endocrine disruptors, to promote the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult onset disease phenotypes, due to abnormal germ line epigenetic programming during gonadal development. This non-genetic form of inheritance has a role in disease etiology and areas such as evolution. Dr. Skinner has over 300 peer reviewed publications and has given over 300 invited symposia, plenary lectures and university seminars. His research has been highlighted in BBC, Smithsonian and PBS documentaries and selected as top 100 discoveries in 2005 and 2007 by Discover. In 2013 he was awarded the Smithsonian “American Ingenuity Award” in natural sciences. He did a TEDx Rainier Seattle talk in 2014 on the Ghost in Your Genome. Dr. Skinner established and was the founding Director of the Washington State University and University of Idaho Center for Reproductive Biology (CRB) since its inception in 1996. The CRB developed to have over 100 faculty and is one of the largest reproductive sciences research Centers in the world. Dr. Skinner also established and was the founding Director of the Center for Integrated Biotechnology (CIB). The CIB was established in 2002 and had over 170 active research faculty members. In 2008 he stepped down as Director of the Centers to focus his efforts on his research. In addition, Dr Skinner has been actively involved with the start-up of several biotechnology companies. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford journal Environmental Epigenetics and Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Reproduction second edition, to be published by Elsevier in 2018.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Center for Reproductive Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, USA

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