In the world of semantic technology and artificial intelligence, it may seem surprising that cellular engineering is poised to open up new and exciting avenues of exploration into ways to address issues like combating disease, enhancing food production, monitoring the environment for toxins and much more. Forbes brought this news to us in their article, “IBM, The NSF And UC San Francisco Combine To Power Up The Exciting World Of Cellular Engineering.”

The Center for Cellular Construction at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) brings together expertise in biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, medicine, mathematics and engineering from researchers at UCSF, Stanford, San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley, advanced imaging technologies coupled with Watson’s artificial intelligence from IBM Research Almaden, and funding from the National Science Foundation.

The goal of this conglomerate of knowledge and technology is “to transform the field of cell biology into a quantitative discipline and to adapt tools from engineering, the physical sciences, and computer science to design automated machines out of living cells.”

Melody K. Smith

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