This book presents an exciting and up to the minute account of the very latest research into the mechanisms that create biological form. Drawing on a combination of theory and experimental results, it illustrates how embryos use a combination of self-assembly, feedback and adaptive self-organization to drive the morphogenesis of structures ranging from the sub-cellular through cells to large tissues. Taking the general genetic programme of the embryo for granted, the book focuses on the ways in which this programme can be translated to generate cell shape, to direct cell migration, and finally to produce the shape and form of solid tissues and dictate their rates of tissue growth. Each topic is illustrated with experimental data from real systems, with particular reference to gaps in current knowledge and pointers to future research.
This book presents the emerging picture of how the human body makes itself, for self-organization is the key. Drawing on cutting edge science, Jamie A. Davies takes us step by step through the processes that together build a human body. The resulting story, of simple rules budding exquisite complexity, is proving to be more extraordinary then we could ever have imagined.