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The interplay between experiment and theory allows the advancement of science. The Theoretical Biology group searches for metaphors that help recognize the complex relationships between the many elements of the natural world. We try to understand the complexity of natural phenomena from a scientific perspective along with small doses of philosophy and a strong sense of humor.

The interest of the group ranges from the strictly biological - embryonic development and evolutionary dynamics, and the interaction between the two processes, with particular attention to the origin of multicellularity and body axis of metazoans – the inner and deep thinking of the chess player’s mind or the peculiar scrutinizing eye of the artist. Each perspective has its place in the discovery process: biological, artistic and related to chess, using the world view of each one and assuming them as valid forms of questioning about the multitude of trends and processes in the evolution of life on Earth.