8.592J 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.

This class has 8.333 as a prerequisite.

8.592J will be offered this semester (Spring 2019). It is instructed by M. Kardar and L. Mirny.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

In the Spring 2013 Subject Evaluations, 8.592J was rated 6.3 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the 8.592 Information site.

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