Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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Latest articles

    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Measurements of damage and repair of binary health attributes in aging mice and humans reveal that robustness and resilience decrease with age, operate over broad timescales, and are affected differently by interventions

    Spencer Farrell, Alice E Kane ... Andrew D Rutenberg
    Damage and repair for both aging mice and humans declined with age, exhibited very long timescales that varied across health attributes, and were differently affected by interventions.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    How enzymatic activity is involved in chromatin organization

    Rakesh Das, Takahiro Sakaue ... Tetsuya Hiraiwa
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Macroscopic control of cell electrophysiology through ion channel expression

    Mario García-Navarrete, Merisa Avdovic ... Krzysztof Wabnik
    A combination of mathematical modeling and live-cell imaging reveals a strategy for the rational control over cell electrophysiology though modulation of ion channel expression.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Plant Biology

    Environmental morphing enables informed dispersal of the dandelion diaspore

    Madeleine Seale, Oleksandr Zhdanov ... Naomi Nakayama
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Mother cells control daughter cell proliferation in intestinal organoids to minimize proliferation fluctuations

    Guizela Huelsz-Prince, Rutger Nico Ulbe Kok ... Jeroen S van Zon
    Tracking of all cells in intestinal organoids crypts to fully reconstruct cell lineages reveals that proliferative behavior is highly symmetric between sisters cells, while simulations show that this observed symmetry minimizes random fluctuations in cell proliferation, thereby ensuring homeostasis.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Fixation can change the appearance of phase separation in living cells

    Shawn Irgen-Gioro, Shawn Ryohei Yoshida ... Shasha Chong

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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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