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Einstein on his ETH experience: “The most fascinating subject at the time that I was a student was Maxwell’s theory”, “we waited in vain for a presentation of Maxwell’s theory”. The study of living matter is one of most fascinating subjects of the day (don’t care if it is called biology or physics or bioengineering or tomato soup). ?
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Warning: Criticisms of the Approach (Berman et al.) What is a biophysicist? Scott Fraser had an answer for me. “You can’t be interdisciplinary without the disciplines”. Many of the most important recent discoveries in biology such as the role of small RNAs have not required any physical input. Biologists want “new biology” and physicists want “new physics”. For now, perhaps both groups view “physical biology” as dotting “i”s and crossing “t”s. The only way I know how to progress is by making thorough attack on specific, detailed case studies and seeing if the approach pays off.
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Acknowledgements Julie Theriot Jane Kondev Nigel Orme Lin Han, Hernan Garcia, Stephanie Johnson Ron Milo David Van Valen and Mikko Haatja RP group – thanks for the fun and education!
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Application of force by polymerizing actin filaments In this beautiful experiment, the force applied by cytoskeletal filaments is measured using an AFM. Our focus here though is on the decision making aspects rather than the force generation characteristics.
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Beautiful Evidence, Envisioning Information I just finished Tufte’s most recent, excellent book where he includes his biting assessment of “the cognitive style of powerpoint” so I am feeling guilty and self- conscious and tried to do a better job of constructing my presentation so you can better assess my message and the evidence supporting it. Tufte on “Envisioning Information” brings us to our topic: DNA as information and how is that related to the fact that DNA is a real world molecule (not just a set of letters)?
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