The chemical basis of morphogenesis

@article{Turing1952TheCB,
  title={The chemical basis of morphogenesis},
  author={Alan M. Turing},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences},
  year={1952},
  volume={237},
  pages={37 - 72}
}
  • A. Turing
  • Published 14 August 1952
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
It is suggested that a system of chemical substances, called morphogens, reacting together and diffusing through a tissue, is adequate to account for the main phenomena of morphogenesis. Such a system, although it may originally be quite homogeneous, may later develop a pattern or structure due to an instability of the homogeneous equilibrium, which is triggered off by random disturbances. Such reaction-diffusion systems are considered in some detail in the case of an isolated ring of cells, a… Expand

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