A new study by researchers from the University of Chicago and the French National Centre for Scientific Research shows how organisms filter information from their environment differently for a wide range of biological processes—from visually tracking the motion of objects to immune cells responding to pathogens—and then select the most useful inputs to respond accordingly.

The study, led by UChicago biophysics graduate student Vedant Sachdeva, is a collaboration with biophysicists Thierry Mora and Aleksandra Walczak from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, the largest governmental research organization in France. The project grew out of an ongoing partnership between the two institutions to foster opportunities for research, education and scholarly engagement across a range of scientific fields. The agreement, the first of its kind between a U.S. university and the French National Centre for Scientific Research, funds other collaborations in such areas as molecular engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and the social sciences.

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