Questions on the two Cells lectures

Sticking to the qualitative nature of these lectures, a good exercise is to do some personal research. Here are some sugested topics.

1 Find out the state of the art of persistence length measurements for the cytoskeletal components, and for ssDNA and dsDNA.

2 Find out the expected dependence of the bending stiffness of a rod on the rod diameter, and find a reference in the primary literature where this has been tested for microtubules.

3 Find out typical motility speeds of various cell types, crawling on surfaces.