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Behind the paper stories

Behind the paper stories

Every paper has a story behind it, and we regularly commission scientists to tell theirs. In this collection you’ll discover the highs and the lows, the chance encounters and life changing discoveries from the breadth of developmental biology and stem cell research.

Recent posts

Conflict between neighbours: a perfect way of rebuilding a complete organ system

Posted by , on 16 November 2022

Mabel Mathew gives us some insights into the story behind their paper on the mechanism underlying de novo shoot regeneration.
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Behind the paper: Characterising the spatiotemporal dynamics of microglia across the human lifespan

Posted by , on 17 October 2022

Dr David A. Menassa and Professor Diego Gomez-Nicola at the University of Southampton, UK recently published an article in Developmental Cell where they reveal how the microglial population colonises the human …

Behind the paper: Uncovering the dual origins of human cortical astrocytes

Posted by , on 18 August 2022

Behind the paper story from Denise Allen and Tomasz Nowakowski

An embryo-maternal dialogue in Arabidopsis

Posted by , on 20 July 2022

In our recent paper, we uncovered a WIP-mediated embryo-maternal communication in Arabidopsis, which specifically regulates embryonic root development (Fig. 1). WIP2, WIP4 and WIP5 expression in the embryonic root is …

Behind the Story: Immunity, Involution and Indefatigable Women

Posted by , on 19 July 2022

A behind the paper story from Christine Watson about the role of immune cells in mammary gland involution and the women who worked on the project.

Odor sensing, metabolism, and blood-progenitors

Posted by , on 5 May 2022

In their recent Development paper, published in our Immune Special Issue, Manisha Goyal, Tina Mukherjee, and colleagues examine the pathways controlling ROS homeostasis during hematopoietic growth control.

“If you notice something unusual in your experiments, don’t just throw it away!”

Read Laura Pellegrini’s piece on choroid plexus organoids 

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Updated on 14 October 2021