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Biophysics (also biological physics) is an interdisciplinary science that applies theories and methods of the physical sciences to questions of biology. Biophysics research today comprises of a number of specific biological studies. These studies do not share a unique identifying factor, or subject themselves to clear and concise definitions. This is the result of biophysics' relatively recent appearance as a scientific discipline. The studies included under the umbrella of biophysics ranges from sequence comparison to neural networks. In the recent past, biophysics included creating mechanical limbs and nanomachines to regulate biological functions. Nowadays, these are more commonly referred to as belonging to the fields of bioengineering and nanotechnology respectively. We may expect these definitions to further refine themselves.

Table of contents
1 Overview
2 Topics in biophysics and related fields
3 Famous biophysicists
4 Other notable biophysicists
5 References
6 External links


Biophysics often does not have university-level departments of its own, but have presence as groups across departments within the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, medicine, pharmacology, physiology, physics, and neuroscience. What follows is a list of examples of how each department applies it's efforts toward the study of biophysics. This list is hardly all inclusive. Nor does each subject of study belong exclusively to any particular department. Each academic institution makes it's own rules and there is much mixing between departments.

Many biophysical techniques are unique to this field. Some of the research traditions in biophysics were initiated by scientists who were physicists, although many of the scientists who call themselves biophysicists today are not.

Topics in biophysics and related fields

Famous biophysicists

Other notable biophysicists


External links