Generic physical mechanisms of tissue morphogenesis : A common basis for development and evolution

@inproceedings{Newman2002GenericPM,
  title={Generic physical mechanisms of tissue morphogenesis : A common basis for development and evolution},
  author={Stuart A. Newman},
  year={2002}
}
Morphological evolution is usually considered to occur by the selection of small heritable variations in the expression of anatomical traits, on the basis of improved adaptation to new environmental conditions. An alternative mode of morphological evolution is proposed here: the production of a spectrum of forms by the action of intrinsic physical properties of cell aggregates, followed by intense selection for biochemical mechanisms that make the generation of a subset of viable morphologies… CONTINUE READING

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