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Researchers Create Mathematical Model of Fruit Fly Eyes

January 11, 2008

Cells in the fruit fly retina Many researchers have tried to create a mathematical model of how cells pack together to form tissue, but most models have many different complicated factors, and no model is universal. Northwestern University researchers have now created a functional equation to show how cells pack together to create the eyes of Drosophila, better known as the fruit fly. They hope that the pared-down equation can be applied to different kinds of tissues, leading to advances in regenerative medicine. Full Story

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