Int. J. Dev. Biol. In Press
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.200024ss
© UPV/EHU Press

Early and late stages of Developmental Biology in Argentina

Sara S. Sánchez1,2, Stella M. Honoré1,2

1Instituto Superior de Investigaciones Biológicas (INSIBIO, CONICET-UNT) and 2Instituto de Biología "Dr. Francisco D. Barbieri", Facultad de Bioquímica, Química y Farmacia, Universidad 9 Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina

ABSTRACT The history of science in Argentina is based on the enormous contribution that the great immigration of the 19th and 20th centuries produced in the country. The scientific and philosophical ideas and the role played especially by Italian scientists who arrived in the country produced a great impact on the different disciplines including development biology in emerging universities. The University of Tucumán pioneered the study of experimental biology, making important contributions to reproductive biology and to the early development of amphibians. The contribution of the Italian embryologist Prof. Armando Pisanó and the Argentinian Francisco D. Barbieri expanded the field to other universities and research centers located in Córdoba, La Plata, Bahía Blanca and Rosario. Given its strategic position, laboratories located in Buenos Aires city reached technological advances faster than others. Indeed, these laboratories saw the evolution from experimental biology to developmental genetics, renewing interest in this area. Currently, Developmental Biology brings together young researchers eager to consolidate regional and global collaboration networks that seek to help solve specific problems such as fertility, epigenetics, stem cells and tissue engineering.

Keywords:

history, experimental embryology, developmental biology, Argentina

*Corresponding author e-mail: ssanchez@fbqf.unt.edu.ar