Physics play dice during embryonic development

The team of Michel Milinkovitch discovers an original random process in the domain of life sciences. The study performed by the researchers, reported in Science on November 30, 2012, reveals that the facial scales of crocodile emerge from a random physical process of cracking of the skin during embryonic development. Unlike other keratinized skin appendages, forms generated do not result from a genetically programmed growth. These results open a new path, that of exploring subtle interactions between genetic and physical parameters in animal development.

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Video from Science Demonstration of in-house developed tools for marking and analyzing various features directly on animals 3D models

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