Tweaking the pattern equations

Scientists offer update on Turing’s theory explaining the origin of stripes and spots

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DOING THE MATH  Spots like those on a cheetah’s coat may be governed by rules laid out by computer scientist Alan Turing. A developmental cell biologist now offers a slightly different take on Turing’s equations to explain how cell interactions may create natural patterns.

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