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HST 452
Statistical Physics in Biology

Term: Spring

Course Director(s): Mehran Kardar
Time:
TR 9:30-11
Location:
4-265
Course Website:
None
Prerequisite:
8.333 or permission of instructor
Restrictions:
None
MIT Units:
3-0-9 (H-Level Credit )
Harvard Units:
Unknown
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.