Turing’s Theory of Morphogenesis: Where We Started, Where We Are and Where We Want to Go

Thomas E. Woolley, Ruth E. Baker, Philip K. Maini

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Over 60 years have passed since Alan Turing first postulated a mechanism for biological pattern formation. Although Turing did not have the chance to extend his theories before his unfortunate death two years later, his work has not gone unnoticed. Indeed, many researchers have since taken up the gauntlet and extended his revolutionary and counter-intuitive ideas. Here, we reproduce the basics of his theory as well as review some of the recent generalisations and applications that have led our mathematical models to be closer representations of the biology than ever before. Finally, we take a look to the future and discuss open questions that not only show that there is still much life in the theory, but also that the best may be yet to come.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheory and Applications of Computability
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783319436678
StatePublished - May 6 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUK-C1-013-04
Acknowledgements: TEW would like to thank St John’s College Oxford for its financial support. This publication is based on work supported by Award No. KUK-C1-013-04, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The cheetah and lemur photos were used under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license and were downloaded from http://www.flickr. com/photos/53936799@N05/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekilby/.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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