An Introduction to the Mechanics of DNA

This article gives an overview of recent research on the mechanical properties and spatial deformations of the DNA molecule. Globally the molecule behaves like a uniform elastic rod, and its twisting and writhing govern its compaction and packaging within a cell. Meanwhile high mechanical stresses c...

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Published in:Philosophical Transactions: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol. 362, No. 1820 (2004), p. 1265-1279
Main Author: Travers, A. A.
Other Involved Persons: Thompson, J. M. T.
Format: electronic Article
Language:English
ISSN:1364-503X
Item Description:Copyright: Copyright 2004 The Royal Society
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
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