28 August 2014

Self-formation

Self-organisation is so mysterious. We still can’t explain why the cells come together to make an eye. There must be more principles that we still don’t understand yet. It’s something that makes me completely in awe of life.
Yoshiki Sasai, quoted by Mo Costandi in an article titled The man who grew eyes


Image: Human embryonic stem cells organise themselves into embryonic eyes when grown in 3D culture. From Nakano, et al. (2012). Yoshiki Sasai/ RIKEN CDB

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