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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.


Laura Boulan; Pierre Léopold
Doi: 10.1242/dev.196063
Benoit G. Bruneau
Doi: 10.1242/dev.194233
Ben D. Cox; Maximina H. Yun; Kenneth D. Poss
Doi: 10.1242/dev.181016
Martin Johnson
Doi: 10.1242/dev.183145
Heather C. Etchevers; Elisabeth Dupin; Nicole M. Le Douarin
Doi: 10.1242/dev.169821
Scott A. Boden; Lars Østergaard
Doi: 10.1242/dev.172965
Philip W. Ingham
Doi: 10.1242/dev.168898
Miki Ebisuya; James Briscoe
Doi: 10.1242/dev.164368
Katrin E. Wiese; Roel Nusse; Renée van Amerongen
Doi: 10.1242/dev.165902
Aidan Maartens; Andreas Prokop; Katherine Brown; Olivier Pourquié
Doi: 10.1242/dev.167932
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