DescriptionConnects classical cellular descriptive studies with more recent work on the molecular and genetic aspects regarding germline development. Prominent scientists discuss research on a range of organisms including insects, worms, birds, fish, amphibia, mammals and green algae. Specification of germ cells, their migration to the gonads and subsequent interactions with the soma and evolutionary factors of their segregation are among the topics covered.
Germ Cell Specification in Volvox Carteri (D. Kirk).
Primordial Germ Cell Formation in Birds (M. Ginsburg).
Evolutionary Aspects of Primordial Germ Cell Formation (K. Dixon).
Sex Determination of Germ Cells in Drosophila (A. Mahowald & G. Wei).
The Onset of Spermatogenesis in Fish (Y. Nagahama, et al.).
Germ Plasm Formation and Germ Cell Determination in Drosophila (R. Lehmann & A. Ephrussi).
Summing-Up (A. McLaren).