Nato Science Series B:

Biologically Inspired Physics

Editors: Peliti, L. (Ed.)

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The workshop "Biologically Inspired Physics" was organized, with the support of the NATO Scientific Affairs Division and the Directorate-General for Science, Research and Development of the Commission of the European Communities, in order to review some subjects of physics of condensed matter which are inspired by biological problems or deal with biological systems, but which address physical questions. The main topics discussed in the meeting were: 1. Macromolecules: In particular, proteins and nucleic acids. Special emphasis was placed on modelling protein folding, where analogies with disordered systems in con­ densed matter (glasses, spin glasses) were suggested. It is not clear at this point whether such analogies will help in solving the folding problem. Interesting problems in nucleic acids (in particular DNA) deal with the dynamics of semiflexible chains with torsion and the relationship between topology and local structure. They arise from such biological problems as DNA packing or supercoiling. 2. Membranes: This field has witnessed recent progress in the understanding of the statistical mechanics of fluctuating flexible sheets, such as lipid bilayers. It appears that one is close to understanding shape fluctuations in red blood cells on a molec­ ular basis. Open problems arise from phenomena such as budding or membrane fusion. Experiments on model systems, such as vesicle systems or artificial lipids, have great potential. Phenomena occurring inside the membrane (protein diffusion, ionic pumps) were only discussed briefly.

Table of contents (34 chapters)

  • Physics from Proteins

    Frauenfelder, Hans (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Search and Recognition: Spin Glass Engineering as an Approach to Protein Structure Prediction

    Wolynes, Peter G.

    Pages 15-37

  • Random Heteropolymers Folding

    Parisi, Giorgio

    Pages 39-43

  • DNA Topology

    Frank-Kamenetskii, Maxim

    Pages 45-54

  • Correlation between Structural Conformations at Different Levels in Hemoglobin Determined by XANES

    Bianconi, A. (et al.)

    Pages 55-62

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biologically Inspired Physics
Editors
  • L. Peliti
Series Title
Nato Science Series B:
Series Volume
263
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-9483-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-9483-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-44000-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-9485-4
Series ISSN
0258-1221
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 394
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