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Biological Effects of Dynamic Physical Fields, Waves, and Oscillations

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Understanding how a complex physical environment, including dynamic fields, waves, and other repetitive and time-varying physical phenomena, interact with the living matter is one of the fascinating challenges faced by modern biophysics. This interaction can result in biologically significant structural and functional effects and trigger responses at different organizational levels — from the molecular to the populational one.

This Research Topic focuses on state-of-the-art studies concerning the effects of harmonic, periodic, impulsive, and stochastic external signals of electromagnetic, acoustic, mechanical, and other nature on the living matter. Of particular interest to this Topic are: (i) direct bio-physical interactions, and (ii) stimulation of live structures and organisms through implantable devices, nano- and bio-materials, and other systems serving as remotely controlled actuators.

This Research Topic aims at addressing a broad range of pressing research questions. Hence, this collection is open for the contributions exploring the effects of electromagnetic fields, from extremely low frequencies to gamma-rays, and also of (ultra)sound, vibrations, and other pulsed energy stimuli on biomacromolecules, biological membranes and other subcellular structures, human, animal, plant and microbial cells, tissues, organs, physiological systems and groups of organisms.

As the Topic Editors, we aim at bringing together the collective research power to explore the biological responses to stimuli with similar frequency/amplitude/energy parameters but of different physical nature. We envisage this Research Topic as a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue and enrichment for a better understanding of the fundamental principles, mechanisms, and significance of the effects of the non-stationary physical environments on the living matter.

We welcome Original Research papers, Brief Research Reports, Reviews, Methods, and Perspectives addressing the themes which include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Quantitative studies and models of biological effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields, sound waves, and mechanical vibrations;
• Biological effects of pulsed laser and non-coherent light;
• Energy balance and transformation in biological systems exposed to non-stationary physical stimuli;
• Effects of time-varying physical factors on biological rhythms;
• Biosafety and environmental aspects of the living matter exposure to pulsed energy sources;
• Behavioural, learning and memory effects of time-varying physical stimuli on biological organisms and societies;
• Structural organization of the living matter in oscillating physical environments;
• Morphogenetic, regenerative, cancerogenic, and teratogenic action of pulsed physical stimuli;
• Therapeutic applications of pulsed physical factors;
• Biological and medical applications of nanoparticles, biomaterials, implants, and microdevices triggered by pulsed physical stimuli (e.g., acoustic, optical, or magnetic) and employed as remotely controlled local actuators.


Keywords: Waves, time-varying physical stimuli, remotely controlled actuators, biological effects, biomedical applications


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Understanding how a complex physical environment, including dynamic fields, waves, and other repetitive and time-varying physical phenomena, interact with the living matter is one of the fascinating challenges faced by modern biophysics. This interaction can result in biologically significant structural and functional effects and trigger responses at different organizational levels — from the molecular to the populational one.

This Research Topic focuses on state-of-the-art studies concerning the effects of harmonic, periodic, impulsive, and stochastic external signals of electromagnetic, acoustic, mechanical, and other nature on the living matter. Of particular interest to this Topic are: (i) direct bio-physical interactions, and (ii) stimulation of live structures and organisms through implantable devices, nano- and bio-materials, and other systems serving as remotely controlled actuators.

This Research Topic aims at addressing a broad range of pressing research questions. Hence, this collection is open for the contributions exploring the effects of electromagnetic fields, from extremely low frequencies to gamma-rays, and also of (ultra)sound, vibrations, and other pulsed energy stimuli on biomacromolecules, biological membranes and other subcellular structures, human, animal, plant and microbial cells, tissues, organs, physiological systems and groups of organisms.

As the Topic Editors, we aim at bringing together the collective research power to explore the biological responses to stimuli with similar frequency/amplitude/energy parameters but of different physical nature. We envisage this Research Topic as a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue and enrichment for a better understanding of the fundamental principles, mechanisms, and significance of the effects of the non-stationary physical environments on the living matter.

We welcome Original Research papers, Brief Research Reports, Reviews, Methods, and Perspectives addressing the themes which include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Quantitative studies and models of biological effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields, sound waves, and mechanical vibrations;
• Biological effects of pulsed laser and non-coherent light;
• Energy balance and transformation in biological systems exposed to non-stationary physical stimuli;
• Effects of time-varying physical factors on biological rhythms;
• Biosafety and environmental aspects of the living matter exposure to pulsed energy sources;
• Behavioural, learning and memory effects of time-varying physical stimuli on biological organisms and societies;
• Structural organization of the living matter in oscillating physical environments;
• Morphogenetic, regenerative, cancerogenic, and teratogenic action of pulsed physical stimuli;
• Therapeutic applications of pulsed physical factors;
• Biological and medical applications of nanoparticles, biomaterials, implants, and microdevices triggered by pulsed physical stimuli (e.g., acoustic, optical, or magnetic) and employed as remotely controlled local actuators.


Keywords: Waves, time-varying physical stimuli, remotely controlled actuators, biological effects, biomedical applications


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 May 2021 Abstract
18 August 2021 Manuscript

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31 May 2021 Abstract
18 August 2021 Manuscript

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