Spatial pattern formation in chemical and biological systems

  title={Spatial pattern formation in chemical and biological systems},
  author={Philip K. Maini and Kevin J. Painter and Helene Nguyen Phong Chau},
One of the central issues in developmental biology is the formation of spatial pattern in the embryo. A number of theories have been proposed to account for this phenomenon. The most widely studied is reaction di†usion theory, which proposes that a chemical pre-pattern is Ðrst set up due to a system of reacting and di†using chemicals, and cells respond to this pre-pattern by di†erentiating accordingly. Such patterns, known as Turing structures, were Ðrst identiÐed in chemical systems only… CONTINUE READING


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