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Thick and thin fingers point out Turing waves

Andrew D Economou and Jeremy BA Green*

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Department of Craniofacial Development and Stem Cell Biology, King's College London, Guy's Tower, London SE1 9RT, UK

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Genome Biology 2013, 14:101  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-1-101

Published: 24 January 2013


Mouse genetics and computer simulations demonstrate that digit number and width are controlled by a Turing-type mechanism in which distal Hox genes modulate periodicity.