Attending the ACS National Meeting highlighted the large amount of research currently enhancing our understanding of force generation in biological systems. I will show that the protein Actin can generate high forces by simple polymerisation. A physical argument is sufficient to understand the mechanism of this force generation, and the forces produced can be used to propel non-biological particles (colloids) at high velocities. This work is primarily from the group of J. Theriot (Stanford).
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..