Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Overtone focusing in biphonic Tuvan throat singing

    Christopher Bergevin et al.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Speech Biomechanics: Shaping new sounds

    Timothy D Griffiths et al.
    MRI experiments have revealed how throat singers from Tuva produce their characteristic sound.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    High-speed motility originates from cooperatively pushing and pulling flagella bundles in bilophotrichous bacteria

    Klaas Bente et al.
    Bacteria reach swimming speeds of several hundred body lengths per second and change direction in less than 5 ms by using coordinated flagella bundle agitation.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Efficient conversion of chemical energy into mechanical work by Hsp70 chaperones

    Salvatore Assenza et al.
    A multiscale modeling approach reveals how the energy from ATP hydrolysis is used by Hsp70 chaperones to remodel the conformation of their substrates through a novel force-generating mechanism.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Bridging the gap between single-cell migration and collective dynamics

    Florian Thüroff et al.
    A computational model, based on single-cell features like contractility and polarizability, quantitatively describes cellular dynamics from the single cell level up to small cohorts and confluent tissues.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Origin and role of the cerebrospinal fluid bidirectional flow in the central canal

    Olivier Thouvenin et al.
    The combination of data and modelling shows the mechanisms underlying bidirectional flow of cerebrospinal fluid and its impact on long range transport in the CSF between brain and spinal cord.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Single-molecule turnover dynamics of actin and membrane coat proteins in clathrin-mediated endocytosis

    Michael M Lacy et al.
    The main proteins of clathrin-mediated endocytosis bind and unbind rapidly, continuously turning over about five times during the formation of an endocytic vesicle in yeast.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Rod nuclear architecture determines contrast transmission of the retina and behavioral sensitivity in mice

    Kaushikaram Subramanian et al.
    Establishing retinal contrast transmission as a novel determinant of mammalian fitness, this research adds functional significance to a prominent exception of nuclear organization, previously described in nocturnal rod photoreceptor cells.

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    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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    Ecole Normale Superieure, France
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