VARELA, Francisco J.

VARELA, Francisco J.
Pages: 32-42
Year 1987
Cells and the extracellutar matrix (ECM) immediately surrounding them engage in reciprocal determinations. But the ECM is also a global structure because iris continuous throughout the body. We argue that this local-global articulation is a central element in the determination of an animal’s form, and we show how it participates in all the other dimensions of animal life. Specific experimental implications and further consequences of this view are discussed.
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