8.592 Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2003
Author(s)Kardar, Mehran; Mirny, Leonid A.
Statistical Physics in Biology
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A survey of problems at the interface of statistical physics and modern biology: Bioinformatic methods for extracting information content of DNA; gene finding, sequence comparison, phylogenetic trees. Physical interactions responsible for structure of biopolymers; DNA double helix, secondary structure of RNA, elements of protein folding. Considerations of force, motion, and packaging; protein motors, membranes. Collective behavior of biological elements; cellular networks, neural networks, and evolution.
sequence comparison, phylogenetic trees, biopolymers, protein folding, neural networks, statistical physics, phylogenetics, RNA, ribonucleic acid, force, motion, packaging, protein motors, optimization, partitioning, pattern recognition, collective behavior, molecular biology, deoxyribonucleic acid, genes, genetics, gene sequencing, double helix, membranes, biochemistry, genome, DNA, evolution, Statistical physics