Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Gendered hiring and attrition on the path to parity for academic faculty

    Nicholas LaBerge, Kenneth Hunter Wapman ... Daniel B Larremore
    Achieving gender parity among U.S. tenured and tenure-track faculty will require changes to hiring, which has substantially greater impacts on faculty gender representation than gendered differences in attrition rates.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Cell Migration: Pump up the volume

    Qin Ni, Sean X Sun
    An influx of water molecules can help immune cells called neutrophils to move to where they are needed in the body.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Neutrophils actively swell to potentiate rapid migration

    Tamas L Nagy, Evelyn Strickland, Orion D Weiner
    Actin-independent water influx complements actin-driven cytoskeletal forces to potentiate chemoattractant-induced migration in primary human neutrophils.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Cyclic muscle contractions reinforce the actomyosin motors and mediate the full elongation of C. elegans embryo

    Anna Dai, Martine Ben Amar
    Computational and theoretical biomechanical analysis reveals how actomyosin filaments and axial muscles conjugate their activity to realize a fourfold elongation during C. elegans embryogenesis, 4 hr just before hatching.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Diffusive lensing as a mechanism of intracellular transport and compartmentalization

    Achuthan Raja Venkatesh, Kathy H Le ... Onn Brandman
    Agent-based modeling of space-dependent diffusivity inside cells reveals potential effects on biomolecule concentration and mesoscale dynamics.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Local Volume Concentration, Packing Domains and Scaling Properties of Chromatin

    Marcelo Carignano, Martin Kröger ... Igal Szleifer
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Quantifying gliding forces of filamentous cyanobacteria by self-buckling

    Maximilian Kurjahn, Antaran Deka ... Stefan Karpitschka
    The self-buckling behavior of filamentous cyanobacteria allowed a quantification of their propulsion forces, indicating that adhesion plays an important role in gliding motility.

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