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Spatial pattern formation in chemical and biological systems

Maini, P. K. and Painter, K. J. and Chau, H. N. P. (1997) Spatial pattern formation in chemical and biological systems. Faraday Transactions, 93 (20). pp. 3601-3610.



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 diffusion theory, which proposes that a chemical pre-pattern is first set up due to a system of reacting and diffusing chemicals, and cells respond to this pre-pattern by differentiating accordingly. Such patterns, known as Turing structures, were first identified in chemical systems only recently. This article reviews the application of reaction diffusion theory to chemical systems and then considers a number of biological applications.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:n/a
Subjects:A - C > Biology and other natural sciences
Research Groups:Centre for Mathematical Biology
ID Code:436
Deposited By: Philip Maini
Deposited On:24 Nov 2006
Last Modified:29 May 2015 18:22

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