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Life in a jam

Jammed states in growing yeast populations share intriguing similarities with amorphous solids, despite being generated through self-replication. The impact this behaviour has on cell division highlights one way that physical forces regulate biological function.

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Figure 1: Jamming in life and in the lab.

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Gokhale, S., Gore, J. Life in a jam. Nature Phys 12, 726–727 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3777

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