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Richard Gordon gordonr at
Fri Jan 10 07:37:06 EST 1997

Mr. Guillermo L=F3pez Lluch
Dept. of Cell Biology,  University of Cordoba
E-mail <bc2lollg at>

Dear Guillermo:

If you'd like to work on the basic mechanism of differentiation, you might
want to join me for a while. See the attached, and let me know if you're
interested. In any case, please send me a sampling of your work and papers
from Dr. Navas' lab.

Winnipeg is a city of 600,000, with a substantial Spanish speaking
population (mostly from Phillipines and Latin America). It's a friendly
place. If you'd like to discuss what it's like working in my lab, check
with John Parkinson, who just completed a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship with

Best regards, -Dick Gordon

Dear Colleague:

I've learned of your work and would appreciate this and a representative
set of your reprints to consider for my book, The Hierarchical Genome and
Ultraslow Differentiation Waves: Novel Unification of Development,
Genetics, and Evolution  (Singapore: World Scientific), which I am winding
up. If you would like any of our reprints listed below, please just let me
know. Thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,

Dr. Richard Gordon, Ph.D. (Chemical Physics), Professor,  Department of
Adjunct Professor of Physics and Electrical & Computer Engineering
President, Canadian Society for Theoretical Biology (CSTB)
Editorial Boards: Journal of Biological Systems, Journal of Cellular Enginee=
Vice-President, Canadian Association for Responsible Research Funding (CARRF=

Bjorklund, N.K. & S. Duhon (1996). The Mexican axolotl as a pet and a
laboratory animal. In: L. Ackerman (ed.), Biology, Husbandry and Health
Care of Reptiles and Amphibians, Jersey City, NJ: Tropical Fish Hobbyist,
in press.

Bjorklund, N.K. & R. Gordon (1993). Nuclear state splitting: a working
model for the mechanochemical coupling of differentiation waves to master
genes. Russian J. Dev. Biol.  24 (2), 79-95.

Bjorklund, N. K. & R. Gordon (1994). Surface contraction and expansion
waves correlated with differentiation in axolotl embryos. I. Prolegomenon
and differentiation during the plunge through the blastopore, as shown by
the fate map. Computers & Chemistry  18(3), 333-345.

Brodland, G. W., R. Gordon, M. J. Scott, N. K. Bjorklund, K. B. Luchka, C.
C. Martin, C. Matuga, M. Globus, S. Vethamany-Globus & D. Shu (1993).
=46urrowing surface contraction wave coincident with primary neural inductio=
in amphibian embryos. J. Morph. 219, 131-142.

Gordon, R. (1989). A critical review of the physics and statistics of
condoms and their role in individual versus societal survival of the AIDS
epidemic. J. Sex & Marital Therapy  15(1), 5-30.

Gordon, R. (1992). Grant agencies versus the search for truth.
Accountability in Res. 2, 1-5.

Gordon, R. (1993). The fractal physics of biological evolution. In:
Beysens, D., N. Boccara & G. Forgacs, eds. Dynamical Phenomena at
Interfaces, Surfaces and Membranes. Commack, N.Y.: NOVA Science Publishers,

Gordon, R. (1993). Careers in theoretical biology. Carolina Tips  56(3), 9-1=

Gordon, R. (1994). Evolution escapes rugged fitness landscapes by gene or
genome doubling: the blessing of higher dimensionality. Chemistry &
Computers  18(3), 325-332.

Gordon, R. (1996). Computer controlled evolution of diatoms: design for a
"compustat" Nova Hedwigia  112, 213-216.

Gordon, R. (1996). Book review: Hierarchy versus Reductionism, a Review of
Eldredge, N. (1995). Reinventing Darwin: The Great Debate at the High Table
of Evolutionary Theory.  New York: John Wiley & Sons. J. Evol. Biol.  9(3),

Gordon, R. (1996). On halting bear and professor hunts: Internet and the
University of Manitoba professors' strike for academic freedom.
Negotiations  (Canadian Association of University Teachers, Collective
Bargaining Section)  13(2), 4-8.

Gordon, R. (1996). Viewpoint:  rough analysis of funding inequity in the
=46aculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba. Prairie Med. J.  66(3),

Gordon, R. & N.K. Bjorklund (1996). How to observe surface contraction
waves on axolotls. Int. J. Dev. Biol.  40(4), 913-914.

Gordon, R., N. K. Bjorklund & P. D. Nieuwkoop (1994). Dialogue on embryonic
induction and differentiation waves. Int. Rev. Cytol. 150, 373-420.

Gordon, R., N.K. Bjorklund, G.G.C. Robinson & H.J. Kling (1996). Sheared
drops and pennate diatoms. Nova Hedwigia  112, 287-297.

Gordon, R. & G.W. Brodland (1987). The cytoskeletal mechanics of brain
morphogenesis: cell state splitters cause primary neural induction. Cell
Biophysics  11, 177-238.

Gordon, R. & R. W. Drum (1994). The chemical basis of diatom morphogenesis.
Int. Rev. Cytol. 150, 243-372, 421-422.

Gordon, R. & J.E. Tyson (1993). Fatal sexually transmitted diseases
(FSTDs), such as AIDS, select for the evolution of monogamy and provide a
model for background extinction. J. Biol. Systems  1(4), 1-26.

Guan, H. & R. Gordon (1996). Computed tomography using ART with different
projection access schemes: a comparison study under practical situations.
Phys. Med. Biol.  41, 1727-1743.

Martin, C. C. & R. Gordon (1995). Differentiation trees, a junk DNA
molecular clock, and the evolution of neoteny in salamanders. J. Evol.
Biol. 8, 339-354.

Martin, C.C. & R. Gordon (1996). Ultrastructural analysis of the cell state
splitter in ectoderm cells differentiating to neural plate and epidermis
during gastrulation in embryos of the axolotl Ambystoma mexicanum.
Ontogenez, in press.

Mazur, E.J. & R. Gordon (1995). Interpolative algebraic reconstruction
techniques without beam partitioning for computed tomography. Med. Biol.
Eng. Comput.  33(1), 82-86.

Nieuwkoop, P.D., N.K. Bjorklund & R. Gordon (1996). Surface contraction and
expansion waves correlated with differentiation in axolotl embryos. II. In
contrast to urodeles, the anuran Xenopus laevis  does not show furrowing
surface contraction waves. Int. J. Dev. Biol.  40(4), 661-664.

Preachuk, C. (1994). Radiologic study of limb regeneration in the axolotl.
Axolotl Newsletter  (23), 72-75.

Sivaramakrishna, R. & R. Gordon (1997). Detection of breast cancer at a
smaller size can reduce the likelihood of metastatic spread: a quantitative
analysis. Acad. Radiol.  4, in press.

Date: Wed, 11 Dec 1996 08:03:23 -0600 (CST)
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=46rom: gordonr at cc.UManitoba.CA (Richard Gordon)
Subject: Cyberworm

Nematodes present a unique opportunity for understanding morphogenesis in
what might be called a middle-out manner: from the cells and their
interactions to the organism, and from the cells down to the
mechanochemical physics of the cytoskeleton and the DNA.

We would like to write a 4D database/simulation to be called Cyberworm. As
a database, it would contain and accumulate coordinates, cytoskeletal
arrangements, cell division times, gene expression and other data for each
cell in the developing nematode. Variants, where available, either as
mutants or worms other than C. elegans, would also be included. A rich
color display mode would allow one to visualize this data in 2D, 3D, or 4D
(including time), and label cells by any combination of criteria available
in the database. Cross sections, time lapse sequences, etc., would be
available. Access to the literature and investigators' addresses could be
included. Links to the nematode and other genome databases are possible.

The Cyberworm database/simulation would also be designed to permit modeling
of the mechanisms of morphogenesis and evolution. Thus a finite
element/tensegrity representation of each cell, its division, and its
interactions with neighbors, would be included, along with the ability to
simulate cell-cell diffusion, ionic currents, genetic regulatory networks,
etc., where known. Each parameter would be mutable, and simulation of a
population of Cyberworms "competing" under fitness criteria would be
included. All parameters would be empirical and/or linked by current theory
and compared to empirical values.

Obviously, we will need rich, accurate sources of data for such an
ambitious undertaking. The very exercise of trying to simulate Cyberworm
will uncover areas of ignorance, which different individuals may wish to

Your thoughts and offerings for such an undertaking are welcome. We see
this as an open, modular project, where our job will be to design the
skeleton and others who join the project will add their data, hypotheses
and modules in a coherent fashion. The project is not funded, nor
proprietary, and therefore has no constraints.

Randy Zauhar, Tripos, Inc., zauhar at
Dick Gordon, University of Manitoba, GordonR at
Steve McGrew, New Light Industries, Ltd., stevem at
Przemko Tylzanowski, University Of Leuven, przemko at
Dave Fitch, New York University, fitch at

Dr. Richard Gordon, Department of Radiology
University of Manitoba, Room ON104, Health Sciences Centre
820 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada
Phone: (204) 789-3828,  Fax: (204) 787-2080, Home: (204) 589-0411
E-mail: GordonR at

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