Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Biophysical properties of single rotavirus particles account for the functions of protein shells in a multilayered virus

    Manuel Jiménez-Zaragoza et al.
    In triple-layered rotavirus particles, strong interaction between the external and middle layers provides high mechanical strength for protection tasks, while weaker interaction between the middle and inner layers favors transcription.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Dynamic density shaping of photokinetic E. coli

    Giacomo Frangipane et al.
    The concentration of motile bacteria, expressing a light-driven proton pump, can be precisely controlled in space and time by spatially modulating their swimming speeds with a structured light pattern.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Biophysical clocks face a trade-off between internal and external noise resistance

    Weerapat Pittayakanchit et al.
    Molecular clocks that are robust to external fluctuations are vulnerable to internal fluctuations and vice versa.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Point of View: Are theoretical results ‘Results’?

    Raymond E Goldstein
    There should be a prominent place for theory within biology papers, both as Results in papers that combine experiment and theory, and as Results in theory papers.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Temporal processing and context dependency in Caenorhabditis elegans response to mechanosensation

    Mochi Liu et al.
    Caenorhabditis elegans behavioral response to a mechanosensory signal depends on both the temporal properties of the signal, such as its rate of change, and the animal's current behavior state.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Global morphogenetic flow is accurately predicted by the spatial distribution of myosin motors

    Sebastian J Streichan et al.
    Epithelial tissue remodeling during Drosophila embryonic development is quantitatively described by a simple law relating myosin activity and cell flow.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Role of framework mutations and antibody flexibility in the evolution of broadly neutralizing antibodies

    Victor Ovchinnikov et al.
    Computer simulations of the evolution of broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV suggest that non-traditional pathways involving framework mutations which lead initially to increased antibody flexibility do occur, but can be avoided by appropriate vaccine design.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Gene-free methodology for cell fate dynamics during development

    Francis Corson, Eric D Siggia
    Mathematical methods based on geometry that directly embody the developmental concepts of competency, commitment, and determination provide succinct descriptions of morphogenesis and allow quantitative predictions from fits to sparse genetic data in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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