Emergence

  • Article
    | Open Access

    Phase separation phenomena have emerged as being of critical importance in biology. Here, using colony formation in C. elegans as model, the authors demonstrate that the basic concepts that underpin phase separation at a molecular level also apply to collective phenomena at the level of a population of organisms.

    • Yuping Chen
    •  & James E. Ferrell Jr.
  • Article
    | Open Access

    There are many examples of cell populations exhibiting density-dependent collective oscillatory behaviour. Here, the authors show that sustained collective oscillations emerge when cells anticipate variation in signal and attempt to amplify it, a property that can be linked to adaptation.

    • Shou-Wen Wang
    •  & Lei-Han Tang