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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Creating bio-machines to improve health

By studying the behavior of living cells and combining them with synthetic tissue, researchers are creating “biological machines” to deliver drugs more effectively, function as internal diagnostic tools, or serve as contaminant sensors in the field.

This work is facilitated by a multi-institution effort known as the Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS), which recently received $25 million in National Science Foundation (NSF) renewal funding for the next five years to build living, multi-cellular machines to solve environmental, health, and security problems.

Chem/Bioengineers Use Adhesion to Combine Silicones & Organic Materials

Illinois Chemical/Bioengineers Use Adhesion to Combine the Experimental Advantages of Silicones and Organic Materials

Introductory chemistry students learn that oil and water repel each other. So do other hydrophobic substances, which carry no electric charge, and hydrophilic substances, which carry an electric charge that allows them to mix with water.

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