Pluripotency of a founding field: rebranding developmental biology

Rogers, Crystal D, Amemiya, Chris, Arur, Swathi, Babonis, Leslie, Barresi, Michael, Bartlett, Madelaine, Behringer, Richard, Benham-Pyle, Blair, Bergmann, Dominique, Blackman, Ben, Brown, C Titus, Browne, Bill, Camacho, Jasmin, Chabu, Chiswili Yves, Chow, Ida, Cleaver, Ondine, Cool, Jonah, Dennis, Megan Y, Dickinson, Alexandra Jazz, Di Talia, Stefano, Frank, Margaret, Gillmor, Stewart, Haag, Eric S, Hariharan, Iswar, Harland, Richard, Husbands, Aman, Jerome-Majewska, Loydie, Koenig, Kristen, Labonne, Carole, Layden, Michael, Lowe, Chris, Mani, Madhav, Martik, Megan, McKown, Katelyn, Moens, Cecilia, Mosimann, Christian, Onyenedum, Joyce, Reed, Robert, Rivera, Ajna, Rokhsar, Dan, Royer, Loic, Rutaganira, Flora, Shahan, Rachel, Sinha, Neelima, Swalla, Billie, Van Norman, Jaimie M, Wagner, Daniel E, Wikramanayake, Athula, Zebell, Sophia, Brady, Siobhán M (February 2024) Pluripotency of a founding field: rebranding developmental biology. Development, 151 (3). ISSN 0950-1991

DOI: 10.1242/dev.202342


The field of developmental biology has declined in prominence in recent decades, with off-shoots from the field becoming more fashionable and highly funded. This has created inequity in discovery and opportunity, partly due to the perception that the field is antiquated or not cutting edge. A 'think tank' of scientists from multiple developmental biology-related disciplines came together to define specific challenges in the field that may have inhibited innovation, and to provide tangible solutions to some of the issues facing developmental biology. The community suggestions include a call to the community to help 'rebrand' the field, alongside proposals for additional funding apparatuses, frameworks for interdisciplinary innovative collaborations, pedagogical access, improved science communication, increased diversity and inclusion, and equity of resources to provide maximal impact to the community.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: organism description > animal
organism description > animal > developmental stage
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Communities: CSHL labs > Lippman lab
SWORD Depositor: CSHL Elements
Depositing User: CSHL Elements
Date: 1 February 2024
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2024 15:44
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2024 14:45
PMCID: PMC10986740
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