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Chemical Morphogenesis and Animal Patterning

Alan Turing’s contribution of chemical morphogenesis, the creation of form and shape during animal development, led him to propose a reaction-diffusion model as the basis of the development of patterns such as the spots and stripes seen in animal skin. By understanding the cellular mechanisms of morphogenesis, we are able to use the proposed model to examine the patterning of animals. For example, why do zebras always have black and white stripes? Here is the link to Turing’s introduction paper to morphogensis: http://www.turingarchive.org/browse.php/B/22

Turing’s mathematical model of chemical morphogenesis helps us understand why tigers and zebras have stripes. Turing’s …

Biotechnology and Punk Extra Credit

Professor Lejla Kucukalic presented a lecture on Biotech to Biopunk on Science Fiction’s vision of genetics. Throughout her lecture, Kucukalic referenced many books and films to exemplify what she was talking about. One in particular that caught my attention and interste was Splice because I am a horror movies fan. I have been intrigued by science fiction horrors, such as the following movie. This film is about two genetic engineers who hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use. I also watch species, which is very similar …