Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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Latest articles

    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Global epistasis emerges from a generic model of a complex trait

    Gautam Reddy, Michael M Desai
    Predictable patterns of fitness evolution observed in microbial evolution experiments can emerge generically as a consequence of widespread epistatic interactions between mutations.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Topological signatures in regulatory network enable phenotypic heterogeneity in small cell lung cancer

    Lakshya Chauhan et al.
    Network topology and gene expression patterns in small cell lung cancer reveal two mutually opposing teams of regulators that enable multistability and consequent non-genetic heterogeneity, a clinically unsolved challenge.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    From local resynchronization to global pattern recovery in the zebrafish segmentation clock

    Koichiro Uriu et al.
    Theory explains how transport of gene expression vortices by cell advection may cause intermingled defective and normal segments along the body axis during resynchronization experiments in the zebrafish segmentation clock.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Bulk flow of cerebrospinal fluid observed in periarterial spaces is not an artifact of injection

    Aditya Raghunandan et al.
    A new tracer infusion method is used to confirm that pulsatile cerebrospinal fluid transport into the brain occurs naturally and is driven by the cardiac cycle, not by tracer injection.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Swarming bacteria undergo localized dynamic phase transition to form stress-induced biofilms

    Iago Grobas et al.
    Collective stress response via localized dynamic phase transition turns swarming Bacillus subtilis into biofilms.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Decoding the physical principles of two-component biomolecular phase separation

    Yaojun Zhang et al.
    Phase separation of two-component multivalent systems is suppressed at rational polymer stoichiometries, suggesting possible cellular strategies for regulating the formation and function of biomolecular condensates.

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  1. Naama Barkai
    Naama Barkai
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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    Ecole Normale Superieure, France
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