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Biological Asymmetry and Handedness



Biological Asymmetry and Handedness

Gregory R. Bock (Editor), Joan Marsh (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-51417-7 April 2008 338 Pages


Examines the progress of leading scientists working on various aspects of handedness in order to consider the occurrence of handedness in the biological world. Provides in-depth coverage of the origin and development of morphological asymmetry occurring in most types of living organisms.
Partial table of contents:

Origins of the Handedness of Biological Molecules (S. Mason).

Macromolecular Asymmetry (J. Galloway).

Asymmetry in Protein Structures (C. Chothia).

Bacterial Motility: Handedness and Symmetry (H. Berg).

Two Types of Bilateral Symmetry in the Metazoa: Chordate and Bilaterian (R. Jefferies).

Asymmetries During Molluscan Embryogenesis (J. van den Biggelaar).

Handed Asymmetry, Handedness Reversal and Mechanisms of Cell Fate Determination in Nematode Embryos (W. Wood & D. Kershaw).

Development of the Left-Right Axis in Amphibians (H. Yost).

Development of Handed Body Asymmetry in Mammals (N. Brown, et al.).

Establishment of Left-Right Asymmetry in Vertebrates: Genetically Distinct Steps Are Involved (M. Brueckner, et al.).

The Inheritance of Left-Handedness (I. McManus).

Disturbance of Morphological Laterality in Humans (J. Burn).

Laterality and Motor Control (M. Peters).

Index of Contributors.

Subject Index.