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THE Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science contains several papers of importance. The first is by Dr. Klein, entitled “Observations on the Early Development of the Common Trout (Salmo fario),” in which the condition of the blastoderm between the third and thirteenth day is described. The subject is minutely treated, and the bibliography is very complete.—Mr. John Priestley gives a résumé of recent researches on the nuclei of animal and vegetable cells, and especially of ova, and after-wards collates the various statements, indicating their points of divergence.—The investigations of Prof. E. Auerbach and Strasburger, of Dr. Oscar Hertwig and Van Beneden, are those discussed.—M. Edouard Van Beneden's valuable “Contributions to the History of the Germinal Vesicle, and of the first Embryonic Nucleus” contains much of special interest with reference to the relation of the germinal vesicle and the first cleavage nucleus of the egg, especially with reference to the different results arrived at by the author in his study of the ovum of the rabbit, and M. Hertwig's investigations on the echinoderm Toxopneustes lividus.—Mr. H. R. Octavius Sankey gives a new method for examining the structure of the brain, and reviews some points in the histology of the cerebellum. The dye employed for the staining is aniline blue-black, in which sections of fresh brain should remain twelve hours or so, and afterwards be dried.—Dr. James Fonlis gives a lengthy memoir on the development of the ova and structure of the ovary in man and other mammalia. Three plates accompany his paper. The author mainly devotes himself in this communication to the description of the appearances in the ovaries of young kittens, and of the human foetus, with the object of demonstrating, in particular, that whereas the eggs are derived from the germ epithelium, the nutrient cells of the ovum, or the follicular epithelial cells, are derived from the cells of the stroma of the ovary.—Dr. Carpenter, in a paper on the genus Astrorhiza of Sandahl, lately described as Haeckelina, by Dr. Bessels, reintroduces the earlier account of the genus, and figures it.

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