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September 05, 2018 Wednesday 03:12:07 PM IST

Mathematics behind Position of cells within an Embryo Unraveled

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For complex life forms, including humans, the correct specification of cell positions is important so that organs and limbs grow in right places. This arrangement depends on how they are suitably arranged in their embryonic stage itself. Researchers from MIT and Princeton University have discovered the mathematical principles governing packing of interconnected cell assemblies. The results are published in Nature Physics.

The researchers have investigated the egg of a fruit fly under cell division at occurred to identify tree-like configurations that occurred more frequently. Other researchers studied the mathematical framework to describe the statistics of the observed cell packing. They found close similarity of the embryonic development with the tree networks in graph theory.

Researchers believe that this work will helpful to increase the research in interdisciplinary areas of biology and applied mathematics.

 Source: news.mit.edu/2018/mit-princeton-research-shows-mathematics-of-biological-cell-packings-0723#separator-comments


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