Biology and Physics refers to the interface and interaction between the biological and physical sciences, where a scientific revolution is underway. Methods and concepts from physics and engineering have opened new windows into the physical processes occurring in cells, while the challenges of measuring and understanding the mechanisms of life raise deep new issues for the physical sciences. New probes being developed in AMO Physics, for example, offer unprecedented ability to measure temperatures inside of living cells. A future where many physical details of living organisms can be accurately measured should help in elucidating the complicated biochemistry and genetics involved in living cells.
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