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Reaction and Diffusion on Fractal Sets

Reaction and Diffusion on Fractal Sets

This video was recorded at Workshop on Parameter Estimation in Systems Biology, Manchester 2007. Systems biologists are interested in modelling chemical reactions in the intracellular environment, and to date much of what is done is based on the use of mass action kinetics to construct models of elementary reactions. Mass action kinetic models are based on a number assumptions which are not obviously valid in the intracellular environment. The cytoplasm is far from an ideal, isotropic wellmixed solution and often the concentrations of important chemical species are very small. Molecular crowding can have significant thermodynamic effects, but also must play an important dynamical role. An interesting approach that has been adopted to this has its roots in fractal geometry - a given... Show More

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