Morphogens: how big is the big picture?

Morphogens are in the front line just now. Here I trace how the concept of a morphogen has evolved over the past 100 years and step a little beyond what we already know.

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Figure 1: Patterning and morphogen expression.
Figure 2: Different morphogens may determine pattern and polarity in the segment.
Figure 3: Genes determine shape and proportion with precision.

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