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We are pleased to announce a series of review articles aiming to advocate for the wider importance of developmental biology.

The first set of articles sets out to answer the question “What has developmental biology ever done for us?” with a series of case studies linking particular discoveries in developmental biology to their wider scientific and societal impact. To complement this historical angle, the second set of articles looks forward and explore “What are the big open questions in the field?” We want to explore the fundamental unanswered questions in developmental biology and propose how we might start addressing them.

By providing a rationale for why we do developmental biology and where it is taking us, we hope that these articles will help to advocate for our discipline, providing a useful resource for developmental biology educators and advocates, and also help current researchers to develop their elevator pitches. Read our editorial for more information about the project.

The articles will be free to read and we welcome suggestions for topics readers find particularly compelling - send any inquiries to As the articles get published they will be added to this page.


Alexis Garretson; Beth L. Dumont; Mary Ann Handel
Scott F. Gilbert; Michael G. Hadfield
Laura Boulan; Pierre Léopold
Benoit G. Bruneau
Ben D. Cox; Maximina H. Yun; Kenneth D. Poss
Martin Johnson
Heather C. Etchevers; Elisabeth Dupin; Nicole M. Le Douarin
Scott A. Boden; Lars Østergaard
Philip W. Ingham
Katrin E. Wiese; Roel Nusse; Renée van Amerongen
Aidan Maartens; Andreas Prokop; Katherine Brown; Olivier Pourquié
Miki Ebisuya; James Briscoe
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