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Roger Pique-Regi Assistant Professor Molecular Medicine and Genetics Wayne State University School of Medicine Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, January 22, 2014 Abstract In this talk I will present novel computational methods for identifying regulatory sequences and for modeling the molecular mechanisms of gene transcription control. The objective is to get better maps of […]

Stephen M. Levin Ezekiel Biomechanics Group SMLevin@biotensegrity.com Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, January 15, 2014 Abstract Embryologic development, from ‘origin of life’ to organism, has been regarded by scientists as a series of chance occurrences, the “Blind Watchmaker” theory popularized by Richard Dawkins, “a universe without design”. What is argued in this talk is […]

Professor Stephen A. Krawetz Wayne State University School of Medicine Ob/Gyn and Molecular Medicine & Genetics Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, January 8, 2014 Links http://cmmg.biosci.wayne.edu/edunew/faculty/krawetz/index.php Krawetz Lab http://compbio.med.wayne.edu/  

Alexis Pietak Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, April 24, 2013 Abstract There’s a wealth of pattern in plant form, yet relatively little understanding of developmental mechanisms capable of generating the precise and intricate architectures commonly observed. This talk explores developmental flower patterns as cellular responses to a positional information field established by a physical […]

Rob Ninowski Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, April 17, 2013 Abstract This talk will give a historical overview of the emergence and design of Cybernetics as an approach to a variety of problems confronting science and philosophy in the early 20th century. It will examine the processes which led to it’s coalescing, and it’s […]

Albert K Harris Professor of Biology UNC-Chapel Hill Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, April 10, 2013 Abstract Problem Number One is embryonic regulation, discovered more than a century ago by Hans Driesch, and never yet solved. Number Two is the consistency and regularity of most anatomical shapes. Number Three is whether any example has […]

Evgenii Rudnyi Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, April 3, 2013 Abstract I worked in chemical thermodynamics for more than 15 years and I know how the thermodynamic entropy is used to solve practical problems.  On the other hand, in biology the term “entropy” is often associated with information and evolution. The goal of the […]

Bradly Alicea Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory Orthogonal Research Michigan State University Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, March 27, 2013 Abstract How do you define a complex organism and its behavior? This question was discussed during the HTDE 2012 workshop, during which a range of “hard-to-define” events and ways to define, model, and analyze them were […]

Terrence W. Deacon Anthropology Department Chair University of California Berkeley Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, March 20, 2013 Abstract The origin of living dynamics required an evasion of second law degradation effects by maintaining critical dynamical and structural constraints. This is accomplished by synthesizing new components for replacement and reproduction and regulating these interactions […]

Clément Vidal Centrum Leo Apostel (CLEA) Evolution, Complexity and Cognition (ECCO) Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, March 13, 2013 Abstract This talk proposes a new concrete hypothesis to assess the existence of advanced extraterrestrial life. I first point out two methodological fallacies, *naturality-of-the-gaps* and * artificiality-of-the-gaps* and propose a more balanced *astrobiological stance*, which […]