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Special Issue: Modelling Development In Vitro

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Development invites you to submit your latest research to our upcoming special issue: Modelling Development In Vitro.

In vitro models of tissue and organ development continue to have a revolutionary effect on the field of developmental and stem cell biology. The identification and propagation of adult stem cells, and the adaption of culture conditions for the directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells towards specific developing tissues, has facilitated the study of developmental processes outside of the embryo. Combined with increasingly sophisticated techniques from bioengineering and systems biology, these approaches are allowing the development of complex multicellular systems for the culture and study of artificial tissues. This is providing unprecedented insight into fundamental questions at the heart of developmental biology, from understanding the molecular and biophysical processes acting locally to characterising the tissue scale events that drive patterning and morphogenesis. Moreover, the use of these approaches to generate disease models, discover disease-causing genetic mutations, and screen drugs is playing an increasingly important role in clinically-relevant studies of pathophysiology and underpins progress in drug development and regenerative medicine.

This special issue aims to showcase articles that describe innovative in vitro models of development and use them in ways to further our understanding of developmental and regenerative processes. We also encourage the submission of articles that report the development or application of novel methods relevant to modelling development in vitro.

The deadline for submitting articles to the special issue has been extended to 18 March 2022.

The issue will be published in late 2022 (although note that, in our continuous publication model, we will be able to publish your article as soon as it is accepted*; you will not have to wait for the rest of the issue to be ready). This special issue will be widely promoted online and at key global conferences – guaranteeing maximum exposure for your work. Please refer to our author guidelines for information on preparing your manuscript and submit via our online submission system. Please highlight in your cover letter that the submission is to be considered for this special issue. Prospective authors are welcome to send pre-submission enquiries, or direct any queries, to

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  • Easy one-click transfer option to Biology Open
  • Not-for-profit publisher
  • Development is a Transformative Journal and offers several publishing options that comply with Open Access funder mandates. We offer fee-free Open Access publishing to corresponding authors of institutions that have a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. Check to see if your institute is taking part in our Read & Publish initiative. 

    * Please note that, according to timing and volume of submissions, not all articles accepted for publication will be included in the special issue; they may instead be published in earlier or later issues of the journal. 

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