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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

A journey towards understanding the embryo – maternal vasculature interactions during implantation

Posted by , on 27 March 2022

Niraimathi Govindasamy from the Bedzhov lab, takes us through the story behind their paper on the interactions between the embryo and maternal vasculature.
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Hanging by a hair: the life of a semi-aquatic bug.

Posted by , on 23 February 2022

A evo-devo research story from Cédric Finet asking why are water striders so hairy.

The order of discovery is not the order of the figures

Posted by , on 9 February 2022

Read the story behind the paper with Akihiro Kaneshige

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

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 …

“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