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Physics in Molecular Biology

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ISBN-10: 0521844193

ISBN-13: 9780521844192

Edition: 2005

Authors: Kim Sneppen, Giovanni Zocchi

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Tools developed by statistical physicists are of increasing importance in the analysis of complex biological systems. Physics in Molecular Biology discusses how physics can be used in modeling life. It begins by summarizing important biological concepts, emphasizing how they differ from the systems normally studied in physics. A variety of topics, ranging from the properties of single molecules to the dynamics of macro-evolution, are studied in terms of simple mathematical models. The main focus of the book is on genes and proteins and how they build systems that compute and respond. The discussion develops from simple to complex systems, and from small-scale to large-scale phenomena. This book will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in physics to approach biological subjects from a physicist's point of view. It is self-contained, requiring no background knowledge of biology, and only familiarity with basic concepts from physics, such as forces, energy, and entropy.
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Book details

List price: $128.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/25/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738

Kim Sneppen is Professor of Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute and Director of the interdisciplinary Center for Models of Life (CMOL) at Copenhagen University, Denmark. Drawing on experience across several academic disciplines, his work explores the frontier between complex dynamical systems and living systems, and in his role at CMOL he promotes hands-on development of quantitative models of central biological processes. Sneppen is also co-author of Physics in Molecular Biology (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Giovanni Zocchi is Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Preface
Introduction
What is special about living matter?
Polymer physics
DNA and RNA
Protein structure
Protein folding
Protein in action: molecular motors
Physics of genetic regulation: the [lambda]-phage in E. coli
Molecular networks
Evolution
Concepts from statistical mechanics and damped dynamics
Glossary
Index