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Cell. 2013 Jul 18;154(2):265-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.06.032.

Differential geometry meets the cell.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, 600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA. wallace.marshall@ucsf.edu

Abstract

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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10.1016/j.cell.2013.06.032
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