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    Cortical flow aligns actin filaments to form a furrow

    Anne-Cecile Reymann et al.
    Compressing the actomyosin network by cortical flow causes filaments to align and form a constricting ring.
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    2. Neuroscience

    Physical limits to magnetogenetics

    Markus Meister
    Recent reports on the ability of biological molecules to sense magnetic fields are found to be inconsistent with basic physical principles.
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    2. Neuroscience

    Magnetogenetics: Problems on the back of an envelope

    Polina Anikeeva, Alan Jasanoff
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    Overall energy conversion efficiency of a photosynthetic vesicle

    Melih Sener et al.
    The overall energy conversion efficiency is calculated for a bacterial vesicle that harvests solar energy for ATP production on the basis of an atomic-detail structural model.
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    2. Neuroscience

    Direct mechanical stimulation of tip links in hair cells through DNA tethers

    Aakash Basu et al.
    The ability of hair cells to produce an electrical signal in response to a mechanical stimulus stems from tension in the elastic tip links within the bundles.
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    2. Cell Biology

    Dynamic curvature regulation accounts for the symmetric and asymmetric beats of Chlamydomonas flagella

    Pablo Sartori et al.
    The self-organised beat of cilia and flagella is dynamically regulated by curvature.
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    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Many-molecule encapsulation by an icosahedral shell

    Jason D Perlmutter et al.
    Computational and theoretical models reveal mechanisms by which protein compartments assemble around enzymes and reagents to facilitate reactions in bacteria, allowing the identification of strategies for reengineering such compartments as customizable nanoreactors.
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    A physical model describing the interaction of nuclear transport receptors with FG nucleoporin domain assemblies

    Raphael Zahn et al.
    A homopolymer-sphere model is shown to accurately reproduce the interactions that underpin selective gating of macromolecular transport into and out of the cell nucleus.
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    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Simple biophysics underpins collective conformations of the intrinsically disordered proteins of the Nuclear Pore Complex

    Andrei Vovk et al.
    Simple biophysical considerations explain the collective behavior of molecularly diverse complex protein assemblies that regulate transport between the nucleus and the cytoplasm in eukaryotic organisms.
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    2. Developmental Biology

    Unified quantitative characterization of epithelial tissue development

    Boris Guirao et al.
    A new approach measures the respective participations of elementary cell behaviors – such as cell division, intercalation, shape change and death – in the shaping of animal tissues.