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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

Embryonic hydraulics triumphs

Posted by , on 26 June 2019

In this article I share with you a more personal, chronological account of how our story unfolds (recently published in Nature), and highlight some key events and insights that help …
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Beyond morphogen signaling

Posted by , on 25 June 2019

By Dörthe Jülich & Scott Holley   Organizers pattern surrounding tissues via secreted morphogens that specify different cell states as a function of concentration. Wolpert’s French Flag model is commonly …

Decoding light for developmental timing

Posted by , on 13 June 2019

Shruti Vemaraju¹ and Richard A. Lang¹-²  ¹Center for Chronobiology,¹The Visual Systems Group, Abrahamson Pediatric Eye Institute, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, ²Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH …

Collaboration: All the things we cannot see (alone).

Posted by , on 3 June 2019

By Miriam Rosenberg and Suparna Ray Most of what we know about axial patterning in insects comes from decades of careful, beautiful work done in flies. Thanks to the genetic …

Notch awakens: transitioning to the first differentiation step

Posted by , on 3 May 2019

The story behind our recent paper in eLife.   In the mid-1900s, Conrad Hal Waddington introduced the idea of development as a series of branching decisions taken under the control …

Forces maintain order between cells

Posted by , on 30 April 2019

Written by Antoine Fruleux and Arezki Boudaoud As Lewis Wolpert put it (Wolpert, PLoS Biology 2010), if you extend your two arms, you will likely find that they match in …

“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