Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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Latest articles

    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Optical mapping of ground reaction force dynamics in freely behaving Drosophila melanogaster larvae

    Jonathan H. Booth, Andrew T. Meek ... Malte C. Gather
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Energetics of the microsporidian polar tube invasion machinery

    Ray Chang, Ari Davydov ... Manu Prakash
    Unraveling the ultrafast polar tube ejection in microsporidia reveals extreme cellular hydraulics, providing a data-driven model for infectious cargo transport, with implications for physical approaches to understanding microsporidia transmission.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Energy conservation by collective movement in schooling fish

    Yangfan Zhang, George V Lauder
    Fish schools showed an U-shaped metabolism-speed curve and reduced the energy use per tail beat up to 56% at high swimming speeds compared to solitary fish.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    How microscopic epistasis and clonal interference shape the fitness trajectory in a spin glass model of microbial long-term evolution

    Nicholas M Boffi, Yipei Guo ... Ariel Amir
    High-resolution simulations of evolving microbial populations reveal that microscopic epistasis slows the rate of adaptation, while clonal interference can either speed it up or leave it fixed.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Diameter dependence of transport through nuclear pore complex mimics studied using optical nanopores

    Nils Klughammer, Anders Barth ... Cees Dekker
    Nuclear pore complex mimics based on solid-state nanopores show significant selectivity below a diameter of 55 nm, which decreases gradually for larger pore diameters.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Substrate evaporation drives collective construction in termites

    G. Facchini, A. Rathery ... A. Perna

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    The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
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    Ecole Normale Superieure, France
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