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Biophysics is usually considered a specialty of physics that generates knowledge of interest to biology. Anyway, it can also be noted that biophysics is a branch of biology that provides evidence to physics.

Another way of defining biophysics is as the discipline that consists in the application of the methods and theories of physics in the field of biology. Thus it's possible to increase knowledge of biological systems.

What biophysics does, in short, is to create a link between biology (science that studies living beings in all their complexity) and physics (specialty focused on the laws that regulate the behavior of nature). Biophysics is responsible for shortening the distance between the complexity of living organisms and the simplicity of physical laws. To achieve this, he dedicates himself to the search for patterns in living beings and then analyzes them with the tools of physics.

Since life is the result of numerous physical-chemical processes, biophysics is responsible for studying the actors involved in these processes, such as proteins and other molecules.

In biophysics different areas can be recognized:

* biomechanics: it focuses on the study of phenomena, laws and models that are relevant to the movement of living beings (which includes static, dynamics and kinematics) and the structural response of various parts of the body;

* bioacoustics: in general, it's about the investigation of the way in which sound is generated, as well as in the way it's dispersed by means and in which animals perceive it;

* molecular motors: it's interested in the way in which RNA and proteins, among other macromolecules, carry out mechanical work as the basis of their operation;

* protein dynamics: analyzes the molecular movements of proteins that are related to their function, their folding or their structure;

* molecular communication: the act of transmitting and receiving information through molecules.

It's known as the National School of Molecular Biophysics at an event that takes place every year since 2000 in the Mexican state of Sonora, in the physics department of its University, and extends over a week. The purpose of this event is to meet many specialists in the field to provide various seminars that serve to increase dissemination.

Among the people attending this biophysics convention are researchers, teachers and students from various areas, such as chemistry, biology and physics, who belong to many universities in the country as well as abroad. The school is divided into four short courses complemented by several research conferences. In general, the organization has enough budget to provide lodging and meals to some of the students, for which it's necessary to make the relevant request.

The history of this event dates back to the beginning of this century, and was initially called the "Summer School of Molecular Biophysics." The decision to change the name was based on the national character of the school; In any case, it's common to refer to it simply as "Biophysics School." It's important to highlight that your goal is to benefit students of all levels, so no one should be left out if they are really passionate about the subject.

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