Int. J. Dev. Biol. 48: 351 - 353 (2004)
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.041896mm
© UPV/EHU Press

Preface

Marc Mareel and Juan Aréchaga

Gent and Leioa

ABSTRACT 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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*Corresponding author e-mail: marc.mareel@rug.ac.be and gcparmaj@lg.ehu.es