This chapter introduces the idea of partial differential equation-based modeling, which is used to address dynamic processes where spatial localization is significant. It describes how spatial models in biology arise. It presents some important properties regarding the control of spatial heterogeneities in cell biology. It demonstrates how shape of the cell can greatly affect the signal received at the nucleus. It describes how diffusion coefficients can be measured. This chapter shows how diffusion and transport can make significant differences to the response and even stability of systems.
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