Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Ecology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Efficient mate finding in planktonic copepods swimming in turbulence

    Fran?ois-Ga?l Michalec et al.
    Calanoid copepods achieve efficient mate finding in turbulence through active swimming and turbulence advection, indicating that reproduction is not restricted to spatial and temporal windows of calm hydrodynamic conditions.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Diffusion vs. direct transport in the precision of morphogen readout

    Sean Fancher, Andrew Mugler
    A theory predicts whether diffusion or direct transport establishes a more precise morphogen profile, and this prediction explains data from a wide variety of morphogens in two different organisms.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Walking Drosophila navigate complex plumes using stochastic decisions biased by the timing of odor encounters

    Mahmut Demir et al.
    Visualized odor encounters show that Drosophila navigate spatiotemporally complex odor plumes using random walks biased by the timing of brief and unpredictable odor encounters.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Olfactory Navigation: Tempo is the key

    Antonio Celani
    Walking flies find the source of attractive odors by changing how frequently they stop and turn in response to the smell.
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    Deciphering the regulatory genome of Escherichia coli, one hundred promoters at a time

    William T Ireland et al.
    A combination of massively parallel reporter assays and mass spectrometry uncovers the regulation of previously unexplored promoters across the Escherichia coli genome.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Label-free imaging of immune cell dynamics in the living retina using adaptive optics

    Aby Joseph et al.
    Immune cell motility and vascular response are imaged in vivo and label free in the CNS for the first time, using high-resolution phase-contrast adaptive optics retinal imaging.

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