Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Dynamics of cooperative excavation in ant and robot collectives

    S Ganga Prasath, Souvik Mandal ... L Mahadevan
    Observations of ant excavation from a confining corral, along with theoretical models and synthetic robot experiments show the emergence of cooperation induced by pheromones in a malleable environment that is moulded by and moulds collective behavior.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Plant Biology

    Seed Dispersal: Deciding when to move

    Lauren Sullivan
    Dandelion seeds respond to wet weather by closing their plumes, which reduces dispersal when wind conditions are poor.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Geometric control of Myosin-II orientation during axis elongation

    Matthew F Lefebvre, Nikolas H Claussen ... Sebastian J Streichan
    1. Neuroscience
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    Scale-free behavioral dynamics directly linked with scale-free cortical dynamics

    Sabrina A Jones, Jacob H Barfield ... Woodrow L Shew
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    Active morphogenesis of patterned epithelial shells

    Diana Khoromskaia, Guillaume Salbreux
    An epithelium modelled as an active, nematic surface can display flattening, budding, and tubulation morphogenetic events, which are observed during development in biological organisms.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Dynamics of immune memory and learning in bacterial communities

    Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher, Sidhartha Goyal
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    Predictive modeling reveals that higher-order cooperativity drives transcriptional repression in a synthetic developmental enhancer

    Yang Joon Kim, Kaitlin Rhee ... Hernan G Garcia
    The combination of theoretical modeling and quantitative live imaging revealed that the repressor proteins work cooperatively or anti-cooperatively depending on enhancer architecture.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    On the origin of universal cell shape variability in confluent epithelial monolayers

    Souvik Sadhukhan, Saroj Kumar Nandi
    The nearly universal nature of scaled cell shape variability in an epithelial monolayer is unavoidable, irrespective of health or disease, as it comes from a mathematical property.


    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Cancer: Cells under pressure

    Dhiraj Indana, Ovijit Chaudhuri

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