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Journal of Biological Physics

Journal of Biological Physics

Editor-in-Chief: S. Bahar; R. Podgornik

ISSN: 0092-0606 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-0689 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10867

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Special Issue on Physical Virology 

Guest Editors:
  • F. Livolant
  • V. Lorman
  • M. Marsili
  • C. Micheletti
  • R. Podgornik
Read the issue on Physical Virology, the study of the fundamental physical principles underlying the structure and development of viruses, also in relation to viral evolution and epidemics.
The scope of the issue includes:
  • self-assembly and maturation of viral capsids
  • packaging and ejection of the viral genome from the capsid
  • interactions between the viral DNA/RNA and capsid coat proteins
  • virus based nano-composites
  • genomics-based modelling of epidemic outbreaks
  • developments on physical tools and techniques to study virus structure, mechanics and dynamics

Other Special Issues 

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WATER IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS 

In memory of Giorgio Careri

Guest Editors:
  • Feng Wang
  • Shyamsunder Erramilli
From the Editorial:
"Careri was one of the first to realize the importance of physics to biology and of biological systems to physics. Inspired by his liquid-state research, he explored the physics of the hydration shell of proteins, both experimentally and theoretically.(...) His studies of the role of water in biological systems are classics and will remain signposts for future work."

DYNAMICS OF NEURONAL BURSTING 

Guest Editor:
  • Gennady S. Cymbalyuk
From the Editorial:
This special issue "highlights approaches using biophysically accurate modeling, thorough analysis of the dynamics, and classification of the parameter regimes" ... and "spotlights the bursting regime and its role in the nervous system’s functions and pathologies." ... "The main theme of this special issue is the elucidation of the roles of bursting regimes in the operation of the central nervous system under normal and pathological conditions."

BOUNDARIES OF BRAIN INFORMATION PROCESSING  

Guest Editors:
  • Jose Luis Perez Velazquez (University of Toronto)
  • Jack Tuszynski (University of Alberta)
  • Luis Garcia Dominguez (University of Toronto)
It is a fundamental goal of neuroscience to understand the limitations of information processing in nervous systems and particularly in the mammalian brain, not only to better comprehend cognitive functions and the perception of reality, but also to characterise pathological mental/brain states. Equally important is the understanding of self-consciousness, that is, that the brain is not only aware of its surroundings but also of its own functioning. This scheme contains the implicit assumption that brain states like the "self" can be comprehended by the brain itself. The constraints imposed by autonomous neural/mental activity and internal brain architecture have to be acknowledged as much as those imposed by the environment. In addition to the limits imposed by the intricacy of the brain’s cellular circuitry, other logical limitations may also play a role, specifically the highly debatable issue of whether the fundamental limitative theorems in mathematical logic can also apply or are relevant to the mind as a formal system.
The Journal of Biological Physics is prepairing a special issue dedicated to the boundaries of brain information processing that will include works that deal with different aspects of brain and machine information processing, and from distinct perspectives: mathematical, physical and philosophical, as the examination of these queries requires a multidisciplinary approach. We hope that these contributions will stimulate readers to further explore the complexities of the mental world that brains create.
Contributors:
  • Jeff Buechner, Rutgers University
  • Christopher Cherniak, University of Maryland
  • Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona
  • John Taylor, King's College, London
  • Jack Tuszynski , University of Alberta
  • David Wolpert, NASA Ames Research Center

NEURON-GLIA INTERACTIONS 

Guest Editor:
  • Giovanni Pioggia (Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR, Italy)
From the Editorial:
"As a reflection of the growing importance of neuron–glia investigations, the focus of this Special Issue of the Journal of Biological Physics is to publish outstanding recent results, challenging mathematical efforts, biophysically consistent models and in-depth analysis, as well as new perspectives, on neuron–glia interactions, roles, and signaling.
This issue contains papers discussing a part of the brain that is largely unexplored and facing controversial neurophysiological processes. I definitely hope that this special issue will benefit, encourage, and inspire researchers looking beyond neurons, opening new exciting perspectives both in biological physics and in brain neurophysiology."

 

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    Many physicists are turning their attention to domains that were not traditionally part of physics and are applying the sophisticated tools of theoretical, computational and experimental physics to investigate biological processes, systems and materials.

    The Journal of Biological Physics provides a medium where this growing community of scientists can publish its results and discuss its aims and methods. It welcomes papers which use the tools of physics in an innovative way to study biological problems, as well as research aimed at providing a better understanding of the physical principles underlying biological processes.

    All areas of biological physics can be addressed, from the molecular level, through the mesoscale of membranes and cells, up to the macroscopic level of a population of living organisms, the main criteria of acceptance being the physical content of the research and its relevance to biological systems. In order to increase the links between physics and biology and among the various fields of biological physics, authors are advised to include a first section that introduces the basic issues addressed and the primary achievements to a non-specialist reader.

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