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Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
Significant parallels exist between the phase separation behavior of polymers in solution and the types of biomolecular condensates, or ‘membraneless organelles,’ that are of increasing interest in living systems. Liquid-liquid phase separation allows for compartmentalization and the sequestration of materials, and can be harnessed as a sensitive strategy for responding to small changes in the environment. Here, I review many of the parallels and synergies between ongoing efforts to study and take advantage of phase separation in living vs. synthetic materials.
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Perry, Sarah L., "Phase Separation: Bridging Polymer Physics and Biology" (2019). Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science. 866.