The World of Nano-Biomechanics
Mechanical Imaging and Measurement by Atomic Force Microscopy
- Atsushi Ikai, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Yokohama, Japan
By using nanotechnological methods, we can now poke around protein molecules, genes, membranes, cells and more. Observation of such entities through optical and electron microscopes tempt us to touch and manipulate them. It is now possible to do so, and scientists around the world have started pulling, pushing and cutting small structures at the base of life processes to understand the effect of our hand work.The book describes the physical properties of such life supporting structures from the molecular level with a special emphasis on their designs based on the mechanical strength and flexibility, membrane and other biological nanostructures.
This book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics and cell biology who want to expand their knowledge from chemical description of life to a more physical one