Cells into systems

Roger D. Kamm, Robert M. Nerem, K. Jimmy Hsia

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a Science and Technology Center grant to a group of researchers to explore ways in which complex biological machines can be created. The new center is named Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems, or EBICS. It consists of scientists and engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and three minority-serving institutions, the City College of New York, Morehouse College in Atlanta, and the University of California at Merced. EBICS's mission is to create a new scientific discipline for building living, multicellular machines that solve real-world problems in health, security, and the environment. Emergent systems, on the other hand, rely on the methods used by nature, as in the case of biological development of an organism from embryo to adult.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMechanical Engineering
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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