Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Multisensory-motor integration in olfactory navigation of silkmoth, Bombyx mori, using virtual reality system

    Mayu Yamada et al.
    Silkmoth utilizes multimodal information to modulate behavior according to the degree of turbulence in the environment, enabling it to efficiently an odor source search.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Physical observables to determine the nature of membrane-less cellular sub-compartments

    Mathias L Heltberg et al.
    Two competing descriptions of membrane-less sub-compartments, liquid droplets and polymer binding aggregates, can be cast into a common theoretical framework and tested through single-particle tracking experiments.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Single-cell growth inference of Corynebacterium glutamicum reveals asymptotically linear growth

    Joris JB Messelink et al.
    A novel bacterial single-cell growth mode is identified in C. glutamicum, which sheds light on its elongation dynamics and cell size regulation.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Phagocytic ‘teeth’ and myosin-II ‘jaw’ power target constriction during phagocytosis

    Daan Vorselen et al.
    During ingestion of antibody-coated targets, phagocytes probe and deform the target via Arp2/3-dependent protrusions and myosin-dependent constriction during cup closure.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Quantitative theory for the diffusive dynamics of liquid condensates

    Lars Hubatsch et al.
    Dynamical properties of liquid condensates can be quantitatively assessed by combining phase separation theory and photobleaching, which opens new avenues to understand their physicochemical properties and functioning.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Spatial alanine metabolism determines local growth dynamics of Escherichia coli colonies

    Francisco Díaz-Pascual et al.
    An investigation of spatiotemporal metabolic differentiation during colony biofilm growth of E. coli revealed that alanine is cross-fed between spatially segregated subpopulations within the colony, to support cellular growth in an otherwise nutrient-deprived region of the colony.

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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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