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The convergence of bio, nano, and information technology: When Worlds Collide.

Center for Cell Control and Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration at the University of California, Los Angeles.
IEEE nanotechnology magazine 02/2008; 1(1):18-21. DOI: 10.1109/MNANO.2007.912099
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ABSTRACT Nanotechnology has enabled the production of new materials and molecular-scale devices. Biotechnological advancements have allowed scientists to physical ly manipulate genetic pathways or engineering strains of proteins to possess novel functionalities. Informatics has served as the catalyst for organizing and understanding vast knowledge from a system point of view. The fusion of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information science will culminate in system architectures that can rival those that have taken millions of years to come to fruition. With this comes the hope of achieving a fundamental comprehension of how to manipulate and control cells on die molecular level. It will also enable us to question just how much further we can push the envelope of human engineering.

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