Vol. 51 No. 1 (2007) pp.1-90

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The 1885 normal plate, or Normentafel, from the founding work of modern human embryology. The anatomist Wilhelm His drew embryos, many of which would today be considered abnormal, from about the end of the second week to the end of the second month. Current staging systems of vertebrate embryos were adapted from this model. (Lithograph by C. Pausch from Wilhelm His, Anatomie menschlicher Embryonen, vol. 3: Zur Geschichte der Organe, Vogel, Leipzig, 1885, pl. X, by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library.) For more details, see the article by Nick Hopwood on pp. 1–26 in the present issue.

Special Contribution

A history of normal plates, tables and stages in vertebrate embryology
Nick Hopwood
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 1-26

Original Articles

XSu(H)2 is an essential factor for gene expression and morphogenesis of the Xenopus gastrula embryo
Motoaki Ito, Tomohisa Katada, Seiji Miyatani and Tsutomu Kinoshita
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 27-36
Blood vessel/epicardial substance (bves) expression, essential for embryonic development, is down regulated by Grk/EFGR signalling
Shengyin Lin, Debiao Zhao and Mary Bownes
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 37-44
Induction of reverse development in two marine Hydrozoans
Jürgen Schmich, Yulia Kraus, Doris De Vito, Daria Graziussi, Ferdinando Boero and Stefano Piraino
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 45-56
Stage-specific regulation of programmed cell death during oogenesis of the medfly Ceratitis capitata (Diptera, Tephritidae)
Athanassios D. Velentzas, Ioannis P. Nezis, Dimitrios J. Stravopodis, Issidora S. Papassideri and Lukas H. Margaritis
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 57-66
Amniotic fluid induces rapid epithelialization in the experimentally ruptured fetal mouse palate - implications for fetal wound healing
Toshiya Takigawa and Kohei Shiota
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 67-77

Short Communications

A change in response to Bmp signalling precedes ectodermal fate choice
Chris T. Dee, Abigail Gibson, Andrea Rengifo, Shun-Kuo Sun, Roger K. Patient and Paul J. Scotting
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 79-84
Enhanced development of porcine embryos cloned from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells
Hai-Feng Jin, B. Mohana Kumar, Jung-Gon Kim, Hye-Jin Song, Yeon-Ji Jeong, Seong-Keun Cho, Sivasankaran Balasubramanian, Sang-Yong Choe and Gyu-Jin Rho
Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2007) 51: 85-90

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