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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

New strings for the puppeteer of evolution

Posted by , on 30 April 2021

Sarah Jacquelyn Smith, Lance Davidson and Mark Rebeiz share the story of their recent paper on the evolution of morphological novelties.
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Out on a Flimb or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust the Mapping

Posted by , on 20 April 2021

Brent Hawkins recalls how mapping the zebrafish rephraim mutation brought insights into the fin-to-limb transition

MCC loss during mucociliary epithelium remodeling: new insight into a debated topic and a decade mystery.

Posted by , on 29 March 2021

Introduction In mucociliary epithelia, such as the mammalian airway epithelium or the embryonic epidermis of Xenopus tadpoles, the correct balance between multiciliated cells (MCCs) and secretory cells provides the functional …

Is it in yet? How the direct transdifferentiation of glia-to-neurons ensures nimble male mating

Posted by , on 25 March 2021

Rachel Bonnington, Carla Lloret Fernández and Laura Molina García tell a tale of transdifferentiation

Reshaping morphogen gradients, one miRNA at a time

Posted by , on 15 March 2021

Jacqueline Copeland and Marcos Simoes-Costa Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA The neural crest has long been referred to as “the fourth germ layer” for …

Precision by design: Setting boundaries in patterning

Posted by , on 1 March 2021

Developmental patterning is an essential process for multicellular development, as it drives the cell-fate decisions that determine an organism’s body plan. One of the aspects that has fascinated me is …

“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