Geometry, Genetics, and Developmental Patterning
A brief history of biology will frame two areas where physical methods are not traditionally applied, but where there is potential for innovative biology. The development of the nematode defined some of the basic signaling pathways that operate in all metazoans, but the complexity of developmental genetics requires abstract modeling to go beyond a qualitative theory of gene X is responsible for effect Y. Bottom up embryonic patterning can be approached using embryonic stem cells, and assays based on human cells illustrate what can be done.
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