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Comparative Reproductive Biology

Comparative Reproductive Biology

Heide Schatten, Gheorghe M. Constantinescu

ISBN: 978-0-813-81554-1 August 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 432 Pages


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When considering the physiological systems of the body, the degree of species variation within the reproductive system compared to other systems is remarkable. Furthermore, it is essential that researchers, educators, and students alike remain aware of the fundamental comparative differences in the reproductive biology of domestic species.

Written by renowned scientists in their respective fields, Comparative Reproductive Biology is a comprehensive reference on the reproductive systems of domestic species. The book offers both broad and specific knowledge in areas that have advanced the field in recent years, including advances in cell and molecular biology applied to reproduction, transgenic animal production, gender selection, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, cryobiology, animal cloning and many others. This seminal text includes topics in animal reproduction that are usually only found as part of other books in animal science such as anatomy, histology, physiology, radiology, ultrasonogrophy, and others.

  • Comprehensive reference of the reproductive systems of domestic species

  • Written by a team of top researchers

  • Richly illustrated throughout, including 12 pages of color images
1. Developmental Anatomy of Reproductive Organs.

2. Anatomy of Reproductive Organs|.

3.1. Introduction to Histology, Cellular and Molecular Biology.

3.2. Overview of Male Reproductive Organs.

3.3. Comparative Histology and Subcellular Structures of Mammalian Spermatogenesis and.


3.4. Overview of Female Reproductive Organs.

3.5. Fertilization.

4. Comparative Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals.

5. Transgenic Animals.

6. Gender Selection in Mammalian Semen and Pre-implantation Embryos.

7. Artificial Insemination.

8. Embryo Transfer and In Vitro Fertilization.

9. The Comparative Cryobiology of Preimplantation Embryos from Domestic Animals.

10. Animal Cloning.

11. Introductory Chapter on Comparative Placentation.

12. Comparative Placentation.

13.1. Pregnancy Diagnosis in the Mare.

13.2. Bovine Pregnancy Diagnosis.

13.3. Pregnancy Diagnosis in Swine.

13.4. Pregnancy Diagnosis in the Ewe.

13.5. Canine and Feline Pregnancy Diagnosis.

14. Ultrasonography in Small Ruminant Reproduction

"Comparative Reproductive Biology fills a niche that has not been filled in many years. It provides broad as well as specific information for the field of reproduction; this information is founded in anatomy and expanded to assisted reproductive technology." (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, March 2009)

“Fortunate collaboration of authors with complimentary backgrounds… The book contains numerous beautiful and highly detailed hand drawn illustrations of comparative anatomy and placentation. Despite [the] broad approach, there is an abundance of detailed information in many chapers that can be difficult to find in one place.... an essential reference for veterinarians, graduate students, and scientists working or teaching in the field.” - Interface

“It clearly acheives [its] goal, particularly with its chapters on the different types of assisted reproductive technology. Overall, [this book] will serve as a useful resource for veterinary institutions and research facilities.” - Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

  • Comprehensive reference of the reproductive systems of domestic species
  • Written by a team of top researchers
  • Richly illustrated throughout, including 12 pages of color images