Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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Latest articles

    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Cost-precision trade-off relation determines the optimal morphogen gradient for accurate biological pattern formation

    Yonghyun Song, Changbong Hyeon
    The morphogen profiles that pattern the fruit fly attain desired levels of spatial precision in a cost-effective manner.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    A framework for studying behavioral evolution by reconstructing ancestral repertoires

    Damián G Hernández et al.
    The behavioral repertoires from six species of flies are measured, and a statistical approach is developed to predict co-evolving behaviors, providing a potential framework for exploring behavioral evolution.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Decoding locomotion from population neural activity in moving C. elegans

    Kelsey M Hallinen et al.
    Neurons in the brain exhibit activity with various relations to locomotion and these signals are best decoded by combining activities from many neurons.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Symmetry breaking meets multisite modification

    Vaidhiswaran Ramesh, J Krishnan
    Network symmetry represents a new vantage point for dissecting complex information processing characteristics in multisite modification, and the breaking of symmetry can confer ordering of modification and absolute concentration robustness.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    A simple regulatory architecture allows learning the statistical structure of a changing environment

    Stefan Landmann et al.
    Minimal modifications of common regulatory circuits can allow bacteria to learn from the past to better predict the future, on a physiological, rather than evolutionary, timescale.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Gut bacterial aggregates as living gels

    Brandon H Schlomann, Raghuveer Parthasarathy
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Hybrid protein assembly-histone modification mechanism for PRC2-based epigenetic switching and memory

    Cecilia Lövkvist et al.
    Extra protein memory storage elements with positive feedbacks, in addition to histone modifications, can explain epigenetic switching and memory at the PRC2 target gene FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC).
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Muscle-specific economy of force generation and efficiency of work production during human running

    Sebastian Bohm et al.
    During human running, the soleus muscle was found to operate as work generator under optimal conditions for work production (high force-length potential and enthalpy efficiency) while the vastus lateralis promoted tendon energy storage and economical force generation (high force-length-velocity potential).

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    Naama Barkai
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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    Ecole Normale Superieure, France
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