Patterns in Biology
9th International EMBL PhD Student Symposium

Organisation of Life in Space and Time

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Patterns in Biology: Organisation of Life in Space and Time

9th International EMBL PhD Student Symposium
October 25 - 27, 2007, Heidelberg, Germany

Have you ever wondered what sets your biological clock? How is your DNA arranged within its nucleus? How does intracellular communication work? How do neural networks develop? How are body plans formulated? How do birds know where to fly to during the winter?

The common theme underlying these questions is biological patterns. Many aspects of our lives are regulated by these patterns, from the molecular to the macroscopic scale. Patterns play a central role in animal behaviour, the control of the cell cycle and cell morphogenesis, the structure of proteins, the sequence of DNA and proteins, and many more aspects of biology. Though some of these patterns are well characterized, there are others that we are only beginning to understand.

The goal of this year's International EMBL PhD Student Symposium will be to present and discuss these patterns. Our objective is to bring together research students and leading scientists from diverse backgrounds, in order to facilitate interaction between different research areas involving patterns in biology.

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