‘Not birth, marriage or death, but gastrulation’: the life of a quotation in biology
Posted by Nick Hopwood, on 24 January 2022
Developmental biologists might be interested in a just-published article about Lewis Wolpert’s famous saying, ‘“Not birth, marriage or death but gastrulation”: the life of a quotation in biology’. The piece reconstructs the rich and surprising history of Wolpert’s dictum—including a conference dinner in Antwerp, Jonathan Slack’s From Egg to Embryo and a poster derived from an undergraduate project in Florida—and discusses its uses in teaching, research and public engagement. This uncovers some little-known history of developmental biology, and makes a case for the importance of quotations in communicating recent science.