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Machines made of living cells could be the solution to challenging real-world problems identified by Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems (M-CELS) researchers

For years, artificial systems - such as robots and machines - have been used for industrial applications, making a tremendous impact on society. However, steady progress made by scientists could see the replacement of artificial systems with “Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems” (M-CELS) composed of living cells and extracellular matrices, able to perform new functions that are absent in natural systems. Two research programs - bio-hybrid robots and biological processors - form the foundation of the M-CELS research theme. M-CELS focuses on developing silico, cellular, and artificial components used in assembly of biomachinery and computing processors, along with studying the genomics and proteomics of engineered living systems.