The role of textbooks in communicating developmental biology
Published: 1 January 2003
Leon W Browder
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, The University of Calgary, AB, Canada. firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing a textbook that synthesized the field from the perspectives of embryology, genetics, cell biology and molecular biology was a challenge. Because this field evolves so rapidly, a textbook can only lay the basic foundation for understanding new information and provide the framework that helps scholars place new information into context throughout their career. In this essay, I propose that an international college of specialists be established to provide authoritative online updates on developmental biology topics as a service to students and the professional developmental biology community.