How to Browse

One way to find content on the website is by browsing items using the toolbar at the top of the page. The Browse by Subject menu divides the content into different topical or subject categories. The four main subject areas are Science, People and Places, Medicine, and Science and Society. Most of these have additional subcategories that appear when you hover over the category names with your mouse. Science contains items about specific scientific processes, experiments, theories, and publications, such as tissue culture or the gradient theory. People and Places includes content about the individuals, organizations, institutions, and places that are connected to the history of the embryo; for instance, Leo Loeb or the National Embryo Donation Center. Organisms contains information about specific organisms that have played a role in developmental biology, such as Dictyostelium discoideum. Medicine includes content on significant medical processes and disorders - fetal alcohol syndrome or hysterectomies, for instance. Finally, Science and Society contains information about the religious, societal, and ethical context surrounding the history of the embryo. Some items are in multiple categories; for instance, an encyclopedia article on Pope John Paul II is in both People and Places (under People) and Science and Society (under Religion).

You can also browse the encyclopedia using the Browse by Format menu, which divides the content into types of items - Images, Multimedia, and Text. Images contains historical photographs and other visualizations. Multimedia includes audio and video content. Text contains historical documents as well as encyclopedia articles and essays that have been written specifically for the Embryo Project.

If you aren’t sure exactly what you’re looking for but have an idea about the type of topic or type of item you are interested in viewing, browsing by subject or format category is a good way to start using the site.