Creating to understand - developmental biology meets engineering in Paris

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


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.

Publication types

  • Congress

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biophysics
  • Developmental Biology / methods*
  • Developmental Biology / trends*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Models, Biological
  • Paris
  • Robotics
  • Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Tissue Engineering / methods
  • Tissue Engineering / trends