Braid & knot theory in protein folding and genetics?
harke at cs.ualberta.ca
Thu Nov 19 23:29:05 EST 1998
Alex <emacser at my-dejanews.com> writes:
>Never mind, I heard from someone in the know that the guy I was reading
>is full of hot air.
>> Hi. I read recently that braid theory has some bearing on the protein
>> folding problem, and knot theory has some bearing on genetics. Could
>> someone point me at some references which explain how?
I haven't looked too closely at this but there does seem to be
some substance here. In particular, I thought somebody was able to
deduce the sequence of actions of enzymes based on the abundance of
different knots. It hardly uses full-blown knot theoretical things like
Seifert surfaces and linear skein theory, but if it solves a problem which
is otherwise difficult then it is worth considering.
Unfortunately, my biology is weak. Do any of you biologists have
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