The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 65: 111 - 122 (2021)

Vol 65, Issue 1-2-3

Special Issue: Developmental Biology in Ibero-America - Part 1

Lessons from the Organizer - an interview with Edward (Eddy) M. De Robertis

Published: 5 August 2020

Christof Niehrs*

Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Mainz, and Division of Molecular Embryology, DKFZ-ZMBH Alliance, Heidelberg, Germany


In this interview, we talk with developmental biologist Eddy De Robertis about his wider scientific career and the history of developmental biology in Latin America. We discuss the early days of the homeobox, the discovery of the mechanism of the Spemann-Mangold organizer function in Xenopus embryos, and related Evo-Devo. De Robertis reflects on trends of how conducting biological research has changed over the years and he provides advice for young scientists.


Argentina, chordin, developmental biology, goosecoid, homeobox, Spemann organizer

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