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System Approach to Control Cells

By Chih-Ming Ho

University of Kentucky

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Abstract

ho Nature has evolved extremely intelligent and complex adaptive systems for driving the processes of everyday life. For example, a cell fuses genetic processes with nanoscale sensors and actuators to result in perhaps one of the most efficient autonomous micro “factories". These basic processes that occur at the molecular level have opened up a world where leads us towards a compelling approach by fusing biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information science. This approach will enrich the development of revolutionary application-specific technologies.

Nanotechnology has driven the production of molecular-scale devices towards the functionalizing of materials, production of electricity, or a novel framework by which nanosystems can be assembled. Biotechnological advancements have enabled scientists to physically manipulate genetic pathways, or engineering strains of proteins to possess novel functionalities. Information technology serves as the catalyst to organize and to functionalize the bio-nano systems.

The bio-informatics-nano fusion will culminate in systemic architectures that will rival those have taken millions of years to come to fruition. With this will come the hopes of achieving a fundamental comprehension of how the interplay of these three areas can be manipulated on the molecular level to produce enhanced properties of engineering systems and will bring question to just how much further we are able to push the envelope.

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  • (2005), "System Approach to Control Cells," http://nanohub.org/resources/114.

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