Polymer science and biology: structure and dynamics at multiple scales

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Original Entry by Holly McIlwee, AP225 Fall 09


Polymer science and biology: structure and dynamics at multiple scales.

L. Mahadevan

Faraday Discussions 10th June 2008


Studying biological systems at a molecular and cellular level can help probe two types of questions: What are the underlying processes affecting life on a larger scale?, and How can we translate what is going on at the cellular level in biological systems to polymer systems? Filamentous aggregates and their affinity to form ordered bundles or disordered aggregates are studied at a fundamental level in order to form elementary theories about their effect on macromolecular dynamics in living systems. Simple cell dynamics are also examined to probe questions relating to the microstructure of the cytoplasm, cell attachment to a substrate or other species, and the cell's ability to spread disease. The interest here is to learn more about a highly complex system by looking simply at it, and to start to think about how this can be related to polymeric systems.

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