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The Essentials

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science that uses the methods of physical science to study biological systems. Examples of techniques used in the department are Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), Isothermal Calorimetry (ITC) and Analytical Ultracentrifugation (AU).

Biophysics is used to investigate interactions between various systems of a cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis, as well as how these interactions are regulated. A great variety of techniques are used to answer these questions quantitatively.

Not only does the Sanger Building house PNAC (http://www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/pnac/) but it is also home to a surprising range of kit for various biophysical techniques, from Circular Dichroism and Surface Plasmon Resonance through to Analytical Ultracentrifugation and Dynamic Light Scattering. The best bit is that there are actually many people here who know how to use the stuff....