The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 48: 351 - 353 (2004)

Vol 48, Issue 5-6

Special Issue: Invasion in Cancer and Embryonic Development


Open Access | Published: 1 September 2004

Marc Mareel and Juan Aréchaga

Gent and Leioa


Half a century ago, Rupert A. Willis wrote I felt sure that embryologists and pathologists have much to gain by a better knowledge of each other's subjects... pathologists need to know more embryology and embryologists more pathology. Today, in the Molecular Era, we can ratify this idea and say that, in many ways, Oncology and Developmental Biology are two sides of the same coin. Cell migration and interactions with other cells and the extracellular matrix during embryonic development and tumor invasion are indeed a fine example of this. As a consequence, advances in our understanding of either of these areas will undoubtedly have a similar impact on both Embryology and Experimental Cancerology and even, on Therapy.



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