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Mapping cell lineages onto a problem in graph theory suggests that physical principles regulate cell positioning during egg development in the fruit fly — providing an elegant example of how physics can advance our understanding of biology.

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  1. Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

    • Ben D. MacArthur
  2. Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

    • Ben D. MacArthur
  3. Institute for Life Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

    • Ben D. MacArthur

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