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Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2012 Dec;22(6):578-84. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2012.11.013. Epub 2012 Dec 28.

Turing patterns in development: what about the horse part?

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EMBL-CRG Systems Biology Programme, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Dr. Aiguader 88, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.


For many years Turing patterns-the repetitive patterns which Alan Turing proved could arise from simple diffusing and interacting factors-have remained an interesting theoretical possibility, rather than a central concern of the developmental biology community. Recently however, this has started to change, with an increasing number of studies combining both experimental and theoretical work to reveal how Turing models may underlie a variety of patterning or morphogenetic processes. We review here the recent developments in this field across a wide range of model systems.

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