Life's Blueprint: The Science and Art of Embryo Creation


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Yale University Press
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7.2 X 0.7 X 9.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Benny Shilo is professor of molecular genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he has served in a variety of leadership, research, and teaching roles for over 30 years. He is also a photographer. He lives in Rehovot, Israel.


"This is a wonderful, as well as beautiful, book; using the immediately recognizable imagery of photography to convey deep concepts in embryology in a medium that makes it intuitively understandable to a wide audience."--Cliff Tabin, Harvard Medical School--Cliff Tabin (04/09/2014)
"Benny Shilo has had a distinguished career as a scientist seeking to understand how embryos develop, but he hasn't lost the sense of wonder we all have when we first learn how each of us developed from a single egg. In Life's Blueprint, Shilo uses wonderfully lucid explanations, elegant metaphors, and lovely illustrations to bring the marvel of development to light."--Carl Zimmer, co-author of Evolution: Making Sense of Life-- (05/13/2014)
"Shilo provides a broad and informative overview of the field of developmental biology. A timely and engaging introduction to the field for a non-specialist audience."--James Briscoe, MRC-National Institute for Medical Research, UK-- (03/17/2014)
"Shilo's explorations for making the complexities of the microscopic and submicroscopic world accessible through the use of everyday visual metaphors succeeds brilliantly. One can only hope that this book will represent the precedent for other similar ones that make modern biology accessible to a general public deeply interested in these topics. A bold and creative venture."--Robert A. Weinberg, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research & Department of Biology, MIT-- (04/24/2014)
"This superb book, which reflects Benny Shilo's creativity and his profound understanding of organismal development, uses the eloquence of visual metaphors from common day life to convey the essence developmental processes and concepts. Public understanding of science is absolutely critical now and will be even more so in the future. This project in science communication is an exemplary one."--Anne Ephrussi, European Molecular Biology Laboratory-- (05/14/2014)
"Benny Shilo is looking at life through scientific eyes. Esthetics like science is part of the mystery of patterns which he has an urge to explore. His images manifest his ability to find the beauty in biological systems; and in parallel to find Esthetic systems and beauty in the reality around him."--Artist Michal Rovner-- (05/18/2014)
'. . .readers will come away from Shilo's book with a better feel for how a developing embryo can organise itself. In later chapters, he also hints at the practical implications, such as the growth of tumours, stem cells and developmental abnormalities. This - plus the appealing visual analogies - make the book worthwhile for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject.'--Bob Holmes, New Scientist
-- (11/08/2014)