Forma, Vol. 5 (No. 1), pp. 59-61, 1990

Positional Information as Symmetry of Morphogenetic Fields

Eugeny Presnov1 and Valeria Isaeva2

1Institute of Developmental Biology, Moscow, 117808, USSR
2Institute of Marine Biology, Vladivostok, 690032, USSR

(Received December 23, 1989; Accepted May 8, 1990)

Keywords: Topology, Morphogenesis, Symmetry Breakdown, Positional Information

Abstract. Analogies between topological concepts and pattern formation processes in development of living organisms are discussed. Some events of early developments of organisms are interpreted in terms of symmetry breakdown of spherical bodies, and related to well-known mathematical theorems.