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Phase transitions in biopolymers: statistical mechanics of interacting loops

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  • UserDavid Mukamel, The Weizmann Institute of Science
  • ClockWednesday 08 March 2006, 14:00-15:00
  • HouseMR5, DAMTP.

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Phase transitions which take place in double stranded DNA and in single stranded RNA molecules will be reviewed. Examples include thermal denaturation of DNA in which the two strands unbind upon heating, unzipping of DNA in which the unbinding of the two strands is induced by an external pulling force and conformational changes which take place in RNA . Theoretical modelling of these transitions will be presented and the effect of excluded volume interactions, which play an important role in these transitions, will be discussed.

This talk is part of the Computational and Systems Biology series.

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