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Antibiotic phase transition curves


Inglis, R. Fredrik (2021), Antibiotic phase transition curves, Dryad, Dataset,


Phase transitions are an important and extensively studied concept in physics. The insights derived from understanding phase transitions in physics have also recently and successfully been applied to a number of different phenomena in biological systems. Here, we provide a brief review of phase transitions and their role in explaining biological processes ranging from collective behavior in animal flocks to neuronal firing. We also highlight a new and exciting area where phase transition theory is particularly applicable: population collapse and extinction.  We discuss how phase transition theory can give insight into a range of extinction events such as population decline due to climate change or microbial responses to environmental stressors such as antibiotic treatment.


This data was collected by using a BioTek Epoch 2 spectrophotometer. The data is absorbance at OD600nm.