Attraction-Repulsion Forces Between Biological Cells: A Theoretical Explanation of Empirical Formulas
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Biological cells attract and repulse each other: if they get too close to each other, they repulse, and if they get too far away from each other, they attract. There are empirical formulas that describe the dependence of the corresponding forces on the distance between the cells. In this paper, we provide a theoretical explanation for these empirical formulas.
This work was supported in part by NSF grants HRD-0734825, HRD-1242122, and DUE-0926721, and by an award from Prudential Foundation. The authors are thankful to Dr. Robert Smits from New Mexico State University for valuable discussions.
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