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Emerging Model Organisms: A Laboratory Manual, Volume 2

Subject Area(s):  Developmental BiologyCell BiologyMolecular BiologyGeneticsOrigin and Evolution of LifeLaboratory Techniques

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© 2010 • 624 pp., illus. (102 b/w), appendices, index
Trim size: 8-1/2" x 10-7/8"
Hardcover • $162.00 32.40
ISBN  978-0-879699-45-1
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This second volume of the groundbreaking Emerging Model Organisms series expands the collection of species presented in the first volume. Leading experts provide 18 new chapters on emerging model systems, ranging from honeybee, ant, and beetle to Ciona and amphioxus; squid and salamander to yam, Paramecium, and wallaby. Like the first volume, each chapter presents a new organism and provides a detailed explanation of why it is useful for laboratory research, along with information on husbandry, genetics and genomics, pointers toward further resources, and a set of basic laboratory protocols for working with that organism. Emerging Model Organisms serves as a practical guidebook for finding just the right organism to address specific research needs.

Review of Volume 1:
“The first volume of Emerging Model Organisms illustrates the bewildering variety of natural histories and rapidly advancing techniques that have been developed to work with a wide spectrum of organisms. If Darwin were around now, he would have been the first to happily make use of this manual—and would be impatiently awaiting the forthcoming tome, describing the emergence of honeybees, squids, ascidians, rabbits, ants...and many more.” —Nature Cell Biology


1. Paramecium tetraurelia
The Renaissance of an Early Unicellular Model
J. Beisson, M. Bétermier, M.-H. Bré, J. Cohen, S. Duharcourt, L. Duret, C. Kung, S. Malinsky, E. Meyer, J.R. Preer Jr., and L. Sperling
2. Maize (Zea mays)
A Model Organism for Basic and Applied Research in Plant Biology
J. Strable and M.J. Scanlon
3. The “Mother of Thousands” (Kalanchoë daigremontiana)
A Plant Model for Asexual Reproduction and CAM Studies
H. Garcês and N. Sinha
4. True Yams (Dioscorea)
A Biological and Evolutionary Link between Eudicots and Grasses
H.D. Mignouna, M.M. Abang, R. Asiedu, and R. Geeta
5. The Starlet Sea Anemone Nematostella vectensis
An Anthozoan Model Organism for Studies in Comparative Genomics and Functional Evolutionary Developmental Biology
G. Genikhovich and U. Technau
6. The Hawaiian Bobtail Squid (Euprymna scolopes)
A Model to Study the Molecular Basis of Eukaryote–Prokaryote Mutualism and the Development and Evolution of Morphological Novelties in Cephalopods
P.N. Lee, M.J. McFall-Ngai, P. Callaerts, and H. Gert de Couet
7. Ants (Formicidae)
Models for Social Complexity
C.R. Smith, A. Dolezal, D. Eliyahu, C. Tate Holbrook, and J. Gadau
8. The Honeybee Apis mellifera
P.K. Dearden, E.J. Duncan, and M.J. Wilson
9. Morphology and Husbandry of the Large Milkweed Bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus
P. Liu and T.C. Kaufman
10. The Parasitoid Wasp Nasonia
An Emerging Model System with Haploid Male Genetics
J.H. Werren and D.W. Loehlin
11. The Red Flour Beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera)
A Model for Studies of Development and Pest Biology
S.J. Brown, T.D. Shippy, S. Miller, R. Bolognesi, R.W. Beeman, M.D. Lorenzen, G. Bucher, E.A. Wimmer, and M. Klingler
12. Cephalochordates (Amphioxus or Lancelets)
A Model for Understanding the Evolution of Chordate Characters
J.K. Sky Yu and L.Z. Holland
13. The Sea Squirt Ciona intestinalis
L. Christiaen, E. Wagner, W. Shi, and M. Levine
14. Ambystoma mexicanum, the Axolotl
A Versatile Amphibian Model for Regeneration, Development, and Evolution Studies
S.R. Voss, H.H. Epperlein, and E.M. Tanaka
15. The Western Clawed Frog (Xenopus tropicalis)
An Emerging Vertebrate Model for Developmental Genetics and Environmental Toxicology
C. Showell and F.L. Conlon
16. The Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta
A Model System for Vertebrate Evolution, Ecology, and Human Health
N. Valenzuela
17. The Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii
A Model Kangaroo for the Study of Developmental and Reproductive Biology
D. Hickford, S. Frankenberg, and M.B. Renfree
18. The Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
A Model for Mammalian Reproduction and Early Embryology
B. Püschel, N. Daniel, E. Bitzer, M. Blum, J.-P. Renard, and C. Viebahn
Cautions Appendix
Recipes Appendix


review:  “...the main content and mission of the volume is presented as a set of comprehensive experimental protocols that are easy to follow and logically discussed in great detail. The strength of the book is in these detailed protocols, which are written by the scientists who established them. The development of new systems often requires extensive modifications to protocols that are routinely used for established model systems. These experimental insights are often nonintuitive and gained by extensive trial and error....This is a good reference volume for the library shelf that should be consulted by scientists interested in expanding out of established model systems...—
      —Quarterly Review of Biology

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