Int. J. Dev. Biol. 47: 223 - 224 (2003)
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The role of textbooks in communicating developmental biology.

Leon W Browder

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, The University of Calgary, AB, Canada. browder@ucalgary.ca

ABSTRACT 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.