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Dictyostelium: The Mathematician's Organism

[ Vol. 14 , Issue. 6 ]


A.J. Durston   Pages 355 - 360 ( 6 )


This article was to have been written by Kees Weijer, an outstanding pioneer in Dictyostelium research. It was (and is) to celebrate J.T. Bonner’s and Weijer’s contributions to the field and those of the other great pioneers. Unfortunately, Weijer was unable to write his article, due to ill health and since I have some knowledge of this field, I took it over. The article summarises some main results and ideas in Dictyostelium research and their relevance for development of more advanced organisms.


Dictyostelium, Excitable medium, Waves, Spirals, Dislocation, Somitogenesis.


IBL, Sylvius Laboratory, Wassenaarseweg 72, 2333 BE, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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