The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 62: 1 - 4 (2018)

Vol 62, Issue 1-2-3

Special Issue: The Chick Embryo Model System

The chick model system: a distinguished past and a great future

Open Access | Published: 14 March 2018

Claudio Stern*

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, London, U.K.


When I was asked by the Chief Editor of the Int. J. Dev. Biol. to consider editing a Special Issue about “the chick”, I was first hesitant, because I had already edited such an issue for another journal in 2004 (Mech. Dev. volume 121), when the sequence of the chick genome was first released (Stern, 2004, 2005). But at the same time I was surprised that this journal, well known for its Special Issues of which many have become important historical and literary land-marks to the developmental biology literature, had not yet produced a volume on what is probably the oldest developmental model system. Despite this, it is often forgotten that much of what we know (or think we know) about human developmental events is due to extrapolation from chick embryological studies.


Chick Embryo, Model

Full text in web format is not available for this article. Please download the PDF version.