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C R Acad Sci III. 2000 Jan;323(1):15-21.

The life of form. Emergent patterns of morphological transformation.

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Schumacher College, Totnes, Devon, UK.


The problem of biological form remains unresolved despite the known details of gene activities in embryonic development. Segmentation is discussed in connection with observed gene activities and the question of generic regularities across phyla. The sciences of complexity and nonlinear dynamics are considered as contexts for the exploration of constraints at both the level of genetic networks and morphogenesis. A new model of morphogenetic constraints coupled to dynamic attractors is proposed as an approach to the question--how to unite the contingencies of evolutionary genetic changes with the emergent regularities of organismic morphologies?

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