The development of multicellular complex organisms relies on coordinated signaling from the microenvironment, including both biochemical and mechanical interactions. To better understand developmental biology, increasingly sophisticated in vitro systems are needed to mimic these complex extracellular features. In this Primer, we explore how engineered hydrogels can serve as in vitro culture platforms to present such signals in a controlled manner and include examples of how they have been used to advance our understanding of developmental biology.

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