<p>The Riken Center for Development Biology; Eddy de Robertis (inset)</p>

Courtesy of Center for Developmental Biology; Inset: Courtesy of Eddy de Robertis

Developmental biologists in Asia have taken steps to forge a closer scientific community in recent months. A handful of scientists based in the region's top research institutes and universities are forming a pan-Asian network, which was first envisioned by Eddy De Robertis of the University of California, Los Angeles.

One of the main objectives of the network is to foster links between Asian researchers from both developed and developing areas.

Committee members of the Asia Pacific Developmental Biology Network (APDBN) met during the Asia Pacific Developmental Biology Research Symposium hosted by the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists in early November 2004.

Many of the organizing committee members were also speakers at the symposium held in Kobe, Japan. If it is fully realized, APDBN will encompass the entire south,...

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