Metabolic Scaling and Immune Response, an Anomaly or an Exception That Proves the Rule?

Metabolic Scaling and Immune Response, an Anomaly or an Exception That Proves the Rule?

September 28, 2017

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

October 12, 2017, 1:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Melanie Moses, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of New Mexico

How does the immune system respond to infection in nearly constant time while almost all other biological rates are systematically slower in larger animals? This talk explores how information exchange through a partially distributed lymphatic architecture generates nearly scale-invariant immune response times. Immune response, and other exceptions to scaling predictions, reveal underlying trade-offs in time, energy and information processing in living and engineered systems.