Caltech’s Michael Elowitz, an expert in the field of synthetic biology, discusses some of the well-studied and intriguing oscillations that produce order within cells.

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Oscillations — such as the side-to-side swing of a pendulum — are best known from physical systems, but they are also prevalent in the natural world. Many processes within cells have rhythms, such as the wave-like oscillations of proteins that help cells divide or the circadian clocks that keep cellular activities running on time. Caltech’s Michael Elowitz, an expert in the field of synthetic biology, discusses some of the well-studied and intriguing oscillations that produce order within cells.

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