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Development. 2017 Mar 1;144(5):733-736. doi: 10.1242/dev.144915.

Creating to understand - developmental biology meets engineering in Paris.

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1
Institute of Science and Technology IST Austria, Klosterneuburg 3400, Austria anna.kicheva@ist.ac.at n.rivron@hubrecht.eu.
2
MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, Maastricht University, Maastricht 6200 MD, The Netherlands anna.kicheva@ist.ac.at n.rivron@hubrecht.eu.
3
Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research, Utrecht 3584 CT, The Netherlands.

Abstract

In November 2016, developmental biologists, synthetic biologists and engineers gathered in Paris for a meeting called 'Engineering the embryo'. The participants shared an interest in exploring how synthetic systems can reveal new principles of embryonic development, and how the in vitro manipulation and modeling of development using stem cells can be used to integrate ideas and expertise from physics, developmental biology and tissue engineering. As we review here, the conference pinpointed some of the challenges arising at the intersection of these fields, along with great enthusiasm for finding new approaches and collaborations.

PMID:
28246208
DOI:
10.1242/dev.144915
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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