Evolutionary model predicts how cells control the partitioning of their molecules


Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation in Göttingen, Germany, and the TU Delft in the Netherlands have developed a new method to study how mixtures, consisting of many different molecules, interact to reliably form different droplets, as happens continuously in the living cell. This is the first time that scientists designed a model of many interacting molecules that can predict how particular droplets form. They published their findings in PNAS this week.

Biophysicist Liedewij Laan (TU Delft, Bionanoscience) and theoretical physicist David Zwicker (Max Planck) are interested in figuring out the mysteries of life, specifically the fundamental workings of living cells.

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