from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Formation of the structure of an organism or part; differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The differentiation of tissues and subsequent growth of structures in an organism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The development of the tissues and organs of an organism; the formation of structural features of an organism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The genesis of form; the production of morphological characters; morphogeny.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. differentiation and growth of the structure of an organism (or a part of an organism)
Ideas such as morphogenesis and life being about the
Homeobox genes play a key role in the morphogenesis of segmental body structures along the primary anterior-posterior body axis including the genitourinary system.
That's not random, that's very coherent, you know this biological system or a system like say when you have morphogenesis and differentiation, when a cell divides, keeps dividing so that you know in first year applications it has become the hundred trillion cells which is more than all the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.
Bacterial symbionts induce light-organ morphogenesis in squid.
They are planning to use similar methods to study how bacteria exchange genes with one another (horizontal gene transfer), how tissues and organs develop (morphogenesis), how viral infections spread, and other core problems in biology.
MikeGene: He is using it more as a thought experiment to flesh out the unique properties of life and cites three: teleonomy, autonomous morphogenesis, and reproductive invariance.
He is using it more as a thought experiment to flesh out the unique properties of life and cites three: teleonomy, autonomous morphogenesis, and reproductive invariance.
‘A mechanical model for epithelial morphogenesis’, Journal of Mathematical Biology, 9, 291–5.
It is a great fit for modelling biological morphogenesis, the inheritence of instincts (and memory more generally), all areas where reductionistic explanations are more or less completely lacking.
That also explains a lot of the "golden ratios" that some artists see all around them in nature (some are there, per morphogenesis, but a lot are just wishful thinking, and I love those "proofs" where they measure a couple of (integer) lengths, divide them, and state it's "clearly" the (irrational) golden ratio).