Robustness in embryo development

Here is a long-standing fascination in embryology. When we think about how many uncertainties a growing embryo is facing, it is remarkable that embryos do not grow into unrecognizable monsters. ┬áProtein levels are different from cell to cell, environmental parameters fluctuate, genetic variations abound, size and geometry vary. ┬áBut development of embryos relies on a large network of biochemical reactions and molecular transport, both of which are sensitive to variation in concentration, temperature, rate constant, geometry, among many other parameters. … Continue reading Robustness in embryo development