Pattern in Biological Branchings

25 Apr 2012

When OIST Mathematical Biology Unit head Robert Sinclair looks at a leafless tree, he sees more than a reminder that spring has not yet arrived. For him, the tree is a chance to observe a fundamental principle of nature: that branch points in a biological system tend to be flat. In a recent paper in PLoS Computational Biology, Prof. Sinclair and his co-authors show that this principle holds true for diverse biological systems, and explain it mathematically.

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