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.
How exploring single cell dynamics in the early embryo revealed a protective system based on mechanical cell cooperation
Posted by Esteban Hoijman, on 15 July 2021Esteban 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 Koichiro Uriu, on 30 June 2021Koichiro Uriu, Bo-Kai Liao, Andrew Oates and Luis Morelli on the segmentation clock
Posted by Henry De Belly, on 9 June 2021Mouse 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 …
When statistical physics meets developmental biology: Predicting the structural properties of embryonic tissues from a simple cell parameter
Posted by Petridou, on 7 May 2021By Bernat Corominas-Murtra and Nicoletta I. Petridou Embryo morphogenesis is a play whose outcome is the result of a complex and delicate plot, made of balances and agreements among many …
Posted by Alejandro Aguilera Castrejon, on 6 May 2021Alejandro Aguilera Castrejon and Jacob Hanna on how to culture mouse embryos for longer
“If you notice something unusual in your experiments, don’t just throw it away!”
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