Toy models for simple forms of multicellularity, soma and germ.

@article{Szathmry1994ToyMF,
  title={Toy models for simple forms of multicellularity, soma and germ.},
  author={E{\"o}rs Szathm{\'a}ry},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={1994},
  volume={169 2},
  pages={125-32}
}
Simple models for the development, maintenance, and origins of primitive, one- or two-dimensional "toy organisms" are presented. They are similar to cellular automata with the added combination of internal degrees of freedom that are genetically programmed. The growing rules are implementable by cellular mechanics, biochemistry and genetics. The forms that are dealt with are: sexual unicells, filaments with fragmentation, cell doublets with spore formation, filaments with differentiation of… CONTINUE READING