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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

Retinal ganglion cell survival after optic nerve injury – what can we learn from the zebrafish?

Posted by , on 14 December 2021

Read the story behind the paper with Jeff Gross
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The making of.. human blastoids

Posted by , on 9 December 2021

In our recently published paper1, we show that human stem cells self-organize into blastocyst-like structures, which we term blastoids based on 4 criteria. Because blastoids can be generated in large …

Shining a Light on Adult Neural Stem Cells

Posted by , on 2 October 2021

Adult Neural Stem Cells (NSCs) have a remarkable capacity to produce new neurons and glia cells that integrate into pre-existing neural networks. Adult NSCs are found in all mammals, including humans, giving us hope of using the pool of adult …

How exploring single cell dynamics in the early embryo revealed a protective system based on mechanical cell cooperation

Posted by , on 15 July 2021

Esteban Hoijman and Verena Ruprecht describe how they found a phagocytic role for epithelial cells in early embryos

From local communication to global pattern recovery: spatio-temporal scales in segmentation clock and scientists

Posted by , on 30 June 2021

Koichiro Uriu, Bo-Kai Liao, Andrew Oates and Luis Morelli on the segmentation clock

Tensed beginnings: how membrane tension gates early differentiation

Posted by , on 9 June 2021

Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells (ES cells) have the capacity to generate any tissue in the organism; this remarkable ability is called naïve pluripotency. Intriguingly, when ES cells start to differentiate …

“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