Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    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.
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    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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    Design of biochemical pattern forming systems from minimal motifs

    Philipp Glock et al.
    Theoretical analysis and in vitro reconstitution of a biological reaction-diffusion system identify key functional motifs as well as underlying principles and enable rebuilding pattern formation in a modular fashion.

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