Largely on the basis of this radical concept a symposium was organized in poitiers france to bring together people who have additional evidence for the role of phase transitions in biology and this book is a compendium of some of the more far reaching of those presentations as well as several others that seemed to the editors to be compelling. The first chapter is the most shocking and could rest on shakier ground than later chapters where pollack is in his element in the first chapter the very foundations of membrane biology are questioned the membrane does not form a barrier pumps are not pumps at all and the cell is not a water balloon. Request pdf on researchgate on jan 1 2008 gerald h pollack and others published phase transitions in cell biology. In the past few years the concept of protein phase transitions has taken the field of cell biology and protein biochemistry by storm the initial discoveries were met with great enthusiasm as they provide the rationale for the formation of membrane less organelles such as stress granules processing bodies and rnp bodies in biology and human disease. In this primer alberti introduces the emerging topic of biological phase transitions and discusses how cells use phase transitions to regulate biological functions and activities in order to increase their fitness and chances of survival
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