Studying self-organizing biological system has been a problem since it’s hard to organize birds flocking, people at the traffic signals, fireflies to flash together etc. Also computer programs can be made to sync or demonstrate emergence but they are not biological.
One useful system is the cells of slime molds. Another is vibrating grains of sand. Now Bausch’s team has observed fluctuating waves and spirals — telltale patterns of self-organization — arising in dishes of actin and myosin, the proteins that make up muscle cells.
Watch the video and read the rest of the article at wired science.
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