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Unit 9: Biophysics

Scientists are developing broad, rapidly increasing connections between biology and physics which provide fresh insight into biological problems such as evolution, the assembly of proteins, neural networks, and possibly the origin of life itself. See how basic reserach in this rapidly-emerging field is helping scientists better understand how viruses self-assemble, and may eventually lead to new cures for disease. Clinical applications available today include cancer therapy, which uses the technology developed for earlier generations of particle accelerators to create precisely-controlled beams of high-energy protons that can attack tumors with minimal damage to surrounding tissues.

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