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.
Posted by rorylcooper, on 16 June 2023Read the story behind the paper about an experimental method for transforming chicken scales into true feathers.
Posted by Tadashi Uemura, on 24 May 2023Read the story behind the work by Taiichi Tsuyama, Tadashi Uemura and colleagues, uncovering the precursor cells that give rise to the adult fat body in Drosophila.
Posted by Federica Mangione, on 23 May 2023Read the story behind the paper where Dr Federica Mangione, Nic Tapon and colleagues report a new type of specialised epidermal cells involved in touch sensing in Drosophila.
Haemorrhages in foetal brain tissue associated with the presence of SARS-CoV-2: How SARS-CoV-2 impacted our PhD bringing new and important findings.
Posted by Marco Massimo, on 19 May 2023Read the story behind the work by Marco Massimo, Carlotta Barelli and Katie Long looking into haemorrhages in foetal brain tissue.
Posted by Natasha Shylo, on 15 May 2023Read the behind the scenes story of a recent article by Dr. Natalia (Natasha) Shylo, Dr. Paul Trainor and colleagues at Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
“If you notice something unusual in your experiments, don’t just throw it away!”
Do you have a story to tell? We can give comments on drafts and any level of editing you want, and we particularly encourage contributions from researchers for whom English is not their first language.
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