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Morphogenesis in space offers challenges and opportunities for soft matter and biophysics

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Haas,  Pierre A.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

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Ben Amar, M., Ciarletta, P., & Haas, P. A. (2023). Morphogenesis in space offers challenges and opportunities for soft matter and biophysics. Communications Physics, 6(1): 150. doi:10.1038/s42005-023-01242-9.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000D-9FC3-4
Abstract
The effects of microgravity on soft matter morphogenesis have been documented in countless experiments, but physical understanding is still lacking in many cases. Here we review how gravity affects shape emergence and pattern formation for both inert matter and living systems of different biological complexities. We highlight the importance of building physical models for understanding the experimental results available. Answering these fundamental questions will not only solve basic scientific problems, but will also enable several industrial applications relevant to space exploration.