Foreword. (Tim Hunt)
Section I: Oocyte Determination.
Chapter 1: The Sperm/Oocyte Decision, a C. elegans Perspective (Ronald Ellis).
Chapter 2: Sex Determination and Gonadal Development (Alexander Combes, Cassy Spiller and Peter Koopman).
Chapter 3 : Clytia hemisphaerica: A Cnidarian Model for Studying Oogenesis (Aldine Amiel, Patrick Chang, Tsuyoshi Momose and Evelyn Houliston).
Section II: Oocyte Growth.
Chapter 4: Soma–Germline Interactions in the Ovary: an Evolutionary Perspective (David Albertini and John Bromfield).
Section III: Homologous Chromosome Pairing and Recombination.
Chapter 5: Homologous Chromosome Pairing and Synapsis during Oogenesis (Susanna Mlynarczyk-Evans and Anne Villeneuve).
Chapter 6: Meiotic Recombination in Mammals (Sabine Santucci-Darmanin and Fre´de´ric Baudat).
Section IV: Meiosis Resumption.
Chapter 7: Initiation of the Meiotic Prophase-to-Metaphase Transition in Mammalian Oocytes (Laurinda A. Jaffe and Rachael P. Norris).
Chapter 8: Oocyte-Specific Translational Control Mechanisms (Isabel Novoa, Carolina Eliscovich, Eula`lia Belloc and Rau´l Me´ndez).
Chapter 9: MPF and the Control of Meiotic Divisions: Old Problems, New Concepts (Catherine Jessus).
Section V: The Cytological Events of Meiotic Divisions.
Chapter 10: Meiotic Spindle Assembly and Chromosome Segregation in Oocytes (Julien Dumont and Ste´phane Brunet).
Chapter 11: Mechanisms of Asymmetric Division in Metazoan Meiosis (Marie-He´le`ne Verlhac and Karen Wingman Lee).
Section VI: Biological Clocks Regulating Meiotic Divisions.
Chapter 12: The Control of the Metaphase-to-Anaphase Transition in Meiosis (M. Emilie Terret).
Chapter 13: Mechanisms Controlling Maintenance and Exit of the CSF Arrest (Thierry Lorca and Anna Castro).
Chapter 14: Cytostatic Arrest: Post-ovulation Arrest Until Fertilization in Metazoan Oocytes (Tomoko Nishiyama, Kazunori Tachibana and Takeo Kishimoto).
Section VII: Oocyte Ageing in Mammals.
Chapter 15: Mammalian Oocyte Population throughout Life (Roger Gosden, Eujin Kim, Bora Lee, Katia Manova and Malcolm Faddy).
Section VIII: From Oocyte to Embryo.
Chapter 16: Fertilization and the Evolution of Animal Gamete Proteins (Julian L. Wong and Gary M. Wessel).
Chapter 17: Remodelling the Oocyte into a Totipotent Zygote: Degradation of Maternal Products (Jose´-Eduardo Gomes, Jorge Merlet, Julien Burger and Lionel Pintard).
Chapter 18: Chromatin Remodelling in Mammalian Oocytes (Rabindranath De La Fuente, Claudia Baumann, Feikun Yang and Maria M. Viveiros).
Chapter 19: Follicles and Medically Assisted Reproduction (Susan L. Barrett and Teresa K. Woodruff).