Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems

A model of the protein Avidin. In its tetrameric form, avidin is estimated to be between 66–69 kDa in size.

The protein avidin is found in egg whites. In Lecture 9, avidin's use in drug discovery is discussed. (Courtesy of Jawahar Swaminathan and MSD staff at the European Bioinformatics Institute; image in the public domain.)


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20.430J / 2.795J / 6.561J / 10.539J

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Fall 2015



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This course covers the fundamental driving forces for transport—chemical gradients, electrical interactions, and fluid flow—as applied to the biology and biophysics of molecules, cells, and tissues.

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Mark Bathe, and Alan Grodzinsky. 20.430J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems. Fall 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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