Differential Geometry Meets the Cell

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, 600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA. Electronic address: .
Cell (Impact Factor: 32.24). 07/2013; 154(2):265-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.06.032
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A new study by Terasaki et al. highlights the role of physical forces in biological form by showing that connections between stacked endoplasmic reticulum cisternae have a shape well known in classical differential geometry, the helicoid, and that this shape is a predictable consequence of membrane physics.

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