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A History of Embryology (1959), by Joseph Needham

By: Karen Wellner | Published: Jun 28, 2010

In 1931 embryologist and historian Joseph Needham published a well-received three-volume treatise titled Chemical Embryology. The first four chapters…

LiteratureNeedham, Joseph, 1900-1995Publicationshistory

Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Embryology

By: Karen Wellner | Published: Jun 27, 2010

The Carnegie Institution of Washington's (CIW) Embryology Department was opened in 1914 and remains one of six departments in the CIW. The…

OrganizationOrganizationsEducationCarnegie Institution of Washington

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990)

By: Jonathan LaTourelle | Published: Dec 19, 2014

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 established the legal framework that governs infertility treatment, medical services ancillary to…

LawEmbryo transplantationReproductive technologyWarnock, Mary, 1808-1900Human reproductive technology

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (1991- )

By: Sarah Taddeo | Published: Oct 30, 2014

In 1991, the United Kingdom established the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) as a response to technologies that used human embryos…

OrganizationEmbryologyReproductive HealthHuman reproductive technologyWarnock, Mary, 1808-1900

The Marine Biological Laboratory Embryology Course

By: Jane Maienschein | Published: Oct 24, 2007

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, began in 1888 to offer opportunities for instruction and research in biological…

OrganizationsMarine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.)EmbryologyMarine laboratoriesWhitman, Charles Otis, 1842-1910

Francis Maitland Balfour (1851-1882)

By: Mark A. Ulett | Published: Jun 29, 2010

During the 1870s and early 1880s, the British morphologist Francis Maitland Balfour contributed in important ways to the budding field of…


The Report of the
Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology (1984), by
Mary Warnock and the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and

By: ,Jonathon J. LaTourelle | Published: Oct 02, 2014

The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology, commonly called the Warnock Report after the chair of the committee…

LiteratureFertilityFertilization in vitro, HumanReproductive technologyEmbryo transplantation

General Embryological Information Service, published annually by the Hubrecht Laboratory, 1949-1981

By: Nathan Crowe | Published: Jan 03, 2013

The General Embryological Information Service (GEIS) was an annual report published by the Hubrecht Laboratory in Utrecht, The Netherlands from 1949…

LiteratureNieuwkoop, Pieter D. (Pieter Dirk)Science--History--PeriodicalsScience--Periodicals--PublishingDrosophila melanogaster

Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866-1945)

By: Mary E. Sunderland | Published: Sep 25, 2007

Although best known for his work with the fruit fly, for which he earned a Nobel Prize and the title "The Father of Genetics," Thomas Hunt Morgan's…

PeopleMorgan, Thomas Hunt, 1866-1945Genetics, ExperimentalNobel Prize winnersDrosophila melanogaster

Karl Ernst von Baer's Laws of Embryology

By: M. Elizabeth Barnes | Published: Apr 15, 2014

In 1828, while working at the University of Konigsberg in Konigsberg, Germany Karl Ernst von Baer proposed four laws of animal development, which…

Baer, Karl Ernst von, 1792-1876EmbryologyAnatomy, Comparative

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