ART FOR SCIENCE'S SAKE
Date: March 7, 2017
Materials: Acrylic and Ink on Wood
Size: 12” x 12”
Synthetic biology can be used to control various cellular behaviors, such as gene expression, tissue repair, and differentiation. “Cells are robots,” Dr. Leonardo Morsut, Assistant Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC, says. They can sense their environments, communicate with each other, and process information to decide what to do in various situations. Understanding the complex basics of cellular behavior and being able to influence that behavior can make cells more suitable for regenerative medical applications by leading to the development of new cell therapies for degenerative diseases and generating new synthetic tissues for transplantation.