Sébastien Neukirch
Institut Jean le Rond d'Alembert
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Paris, France

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Reply to “Comment on ‘Writhe formulas and antipodal points in plectonemic DNA configurations’ ”

Sébastien Neukirch and E. L. Starostin

Physical Review E, 80 (2009) 063902

Abstract : We persist in considering that, for a wide range of experimentally available forces and torques, evaluating the writhe of a DNA molecule in magnetic tweezers experiments should not be done with Fuller’s formula. We propose a tentative plot of the limit of applicability of Fuller’s formula in the (force, torque) plane.

PACS numbers : 87.10.-e, 87.14.gk, 02.40.-k, 87.15.-v

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