Int. J. Dev. Biol. In Press
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.200232jg
© UPV/EHU Press

Developmental Biology in Central America, the northern region of South America and the Caribbean

José E. García-Arrarás*

Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

ABSTRACT This review highlights the history of Developmental Biology studies in Latin-American countries of Central America, the northern region of South America and the Caribbean and their impact on the field. For this, we have compiled the contributions made by investigators in various institutions of the region, including universities, agricultural, research and health centers. Most of the contributions focus on particular fields, among them, Evo-Devo, regenerative biology, nervous system development and health related issues. A large share of the contributions originates from a subset of countries, primarily, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama and Puerto Rico. In addition, we underscore the new investigators and the ongoing research in the region.

Keywords:

Evo-Devo, Regeneration, Nervous system, Health issues

*Corresponding author e-mail: jegarcia@hpcf.upr.edu