Dr Francois Nedelec: Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University
Living cells are made of a myriad of molecules, but they have no master telling them what to do. Instead, the order inside cells emerges naturally from the disorganized and imperfect physical interactions between the molecules.
This may sound familiar, since indeed a body of water or a sand pile obeys similar principles, except that the constituents of life are much more complex than water molecules or sand grains. Certain proteins associate to form slender and yet robust filaments, while other proteins are molecular motors that can move along these filaments. Henceforth, systems of cellular filaments and molecular motors exhibit many fundamental emergent properties that are essential to life. We will illustrate how such systems can be reconstituted using purified components and how their behaviour can be understood using theory and computer simulations.
Science on Sundays is a programme of free, informal, monthly drop-in plant science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
11am & repeated at 2pm in the Classroom at 1 Brookside.
Suitable for adults and children age 12+.
Talk free. Normal Garden Admission charge applies.
Drop in. No need to book.
Talks run monthly March to August
19 July Dr Sebastian Eves-van-den-Akker, Department of Plant Sciences: The overlooked enemy: nematode worms eating the plants from under our feet
Science on Sundays – July 2020
16 August Dr Chantal Helm, Cambridge University Botanic Garden: Exploring wildlife diversity at CUBG and why it matters
Science on Sundays – August 2020