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Fruit flys eye

The structural complexity emerges during the development of a fruit flys eye. The fruit fly, or Drosophila, is one of the organisms that the National Science Foundation-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Northwestern University will study. [Image 1 of 2 related images. See Image 2.]

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The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the Simons Foundation, has launched four new centers to bring mathematical perspectives to the biological search for the Rules of Life.

The NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems will explore how information encoded in DNA results in complex organisms with diverse forms, functions and behaviors when it is manipulated by changing environments across multiple time scales.

Such knowledge may lead to a predictive framework for understanding the pathways that lead from the DNA within a cell to the myriad expressions of an organism in its environment, with applications to agriculture and health.

Learn more about all the NSF-Simons Centers in the NSF press release NSF-Simons centers to search for the Rules of Life. (Date image taken: 2018; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Aug. 10, 2018)

Credit: Northwestern University
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