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A regeneration retrospective

Posted by , on 3 September 2023

The field of regenerative biology has grown considerably since the millennium and, with the creation of the International Society of Regeneration Biology a couple of years ago (Poss and Tanaka, 2021), you’d be forgiven for assuming that it’s a relatively modern field. However, a quick peak through the archives of Development, or the Journal of Embryology and Experimental Morphology (JEEM) as it used to be known, demonstrates that regeneration was – and is – a key focus in the journal since its conception in 1953.

In honour of the inaugural ISRB meeting starting today, this one-week series will take a retrospective look back through some of the earliest regeneration articles published in Development, comparing the research questions, approaches and technologies to more recent publications.

Here are the posts in the series:

Planarians aplenty
Learn about a Danish couple that enjoyed long walks on the beach collecting flatworms and the work of Hayoung Lee, Kiyokazu Agata, Norito Shibata and colleagues.

Muscle memory lane
We meet East Africa-based chiropteran-crusher, J.C.T. Church, and take a whistle-stop tour through the work of Corey Flynn, Deneen Wellik and colleagues.

Time heals all wounds
In this collagen-centric third instalment, we discuss the work of amateur guinea pig tattoo artists, together with Filipa Simões, Paul Riley and colleagues’ study of cardiac regeneration.

A budding tale
Introducing zoologist, engineer, Lieutenant and author David Newth, and his work on epimorphic tail regeneration, complemented by recent studies by Momoko Deguchi, Taro Fukazawa and Takeo Kubo.

Hands-on hard graft
We revisit Dr. D.R. Newth’s newts and their mysterious limb regeneration abilities, compared with Takashi Takeuchi, Haruka Matsubara and colleagues’ modern perspective.

Go fish
The last post says “goodbye and thanks for all the fish”, featuring work from a Nobel Prize winner and Lili Zhou, Ken Poss, Massya Mollaked and colleagues.

The archive at The Company of Biologists offices.
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