Artificial Life VI

A Generalized Reaction-Diffusion Simulator for Studying the Molecular Basis of Pattern Formation in Biological Systems

Hiroki Ueda
University of Tokyo, Medical School

Hiroaki Kitano
Sony Computer Science Laboratory


The Generalized Reaction-Diffusion simulator enables us to experiment with various reaction-diffusion processes, and their spatio-temporal pattern formations. Such processes include Turing Wave, Limit Cycle and Progressive Wave. The user can define numbers of the factors involved and their interactions, boundary conditions, perturbation patterns, and other criticial parameters. The power of such a simulator is demonstrated by creaing patterns that simulate various steps of eye Drosophila formation.

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