Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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Latest articles

    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.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Flower-like patterns in multi-species bacterial colonies

    Liyang Xiong et al.
    Mechanical interactions between bacterial species with different motility characteristics play an important role in spatial-temporal dynamics of multi-species bacterial colonies and can lead to formation of complex patterns.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Elements of a stochastic 3D prediction engine in larval zebrafish prey capture

    Andrew D Bolton et al.
    Zebrafish implement a stochastic recursive algorithm during prey capture that reflects an implicit physical model of the world.

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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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