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One of the characteristics of biological systems is their ability to produce and sustain spatial and spatio-temporal pattern. Elucidating the underlying mechanisms responsible for this phenomenon has been the goal of much experimental and theoretical research. This paper illustrates this area of research by presenting some of the mathematical models that have been proposed to account for pattern formation in biology and considering their implications.

Type

Journal article

Journal

C R Biol

Publication Date

03/2004

Volume

327

Pages

225 - 234

Keywords

Animals, Cell Count, Cell Differentiation, Cell Movement, Mathematics, Models, Biological, Signal Transduction