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The Turing model for biological pattern formation

Maini, Philip K. and Woolley, Thomas 2019. The Turing model for biological pattern formation. In: Bianchi, A., Hillen, T., Lewis, M. and Yi, Y. eds. The Dynamics of Biological Systems, Mathematics of Planet Earth, Springer, pp. 189-204.

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How spatial patterning arises in biological systems is still an unresolved mystery. Here, we consider the first model for spatial pattern formation, proposed by Alan Turing, which showed that structure could emerge from processes that, in themselves, are non-patterning. He therefore went against the reductionist approach, arguing that biological function arises from the integration of processes, rather than being attributed to a single, unique, process. While still controversial, some 65 years on, his model still inspires mathematical and experimental advances.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783030225834
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 October 2019
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2020 03:05

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