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Let there be order

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The Ringberg Colloquium on Self-Organization and Morphogenesis in Biological Systems took place between December 3–6, 2006 in a castle near Munich, Germany. Researchers from different areas of cell and developmental biology exchanged ideas about how biological systems are organized and dynamic at the same time. A dominant theme was that local interactions between molecules or cells can generate global order.

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  1. Benjamin S. Glick is in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, The University of Chicago, 920 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.

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