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New paper compares blood-vessel growth with ant highways

Former M.Sc. intern Josephine Daub, now PhD student at the University of Bern in Switzerland, and Roeland Merks published a paper on her masters thesis work in Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. The paper describes a new cell-based model of angiogenesis, which studies how endothelial cells can organize their own motility and the motility of their sister cells by modifying the extracellular matrix. The resulting mechanism resembles models proposed previously for explaining the emergence of ant raid patterns. The paper is published open access and can be accessed here.