Research report 2021 - Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

Statistics of Turing patterns in complex biochemical systems

Haas, Pierre A.
Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme, Dresden
The simplest mathematical mechanism of pattern formation is the so-called Turing mechanism, but the contribution of the resulting Turing patterns to actual biochemical patterns and structures has remained debated because the mechanism requires, in simple systems, unrealistic values of chemical parameters. By means of a statistical analysis, we were able to show that this is not however the case in more complex systems with more chemical species. This stresses the role of the interplay between simple and complex models in understanding the world that surrounds us.

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