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07-20-2010, 11:51 AM
Artificial cells communicate and cooperate like biological cells, ants (w/ Video)

July 19, 2010 Inspired by the social interactions of ants and slime molds, University of Pittsburgh engineers have designed artificial cells capable of self-organizing into independent groups that can communicate and cooperate. Recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the research is a significant step toward producing synthetic cells that behave like natural organisms and could perform important, microscale functions in fields ranging from the chemical industry to medicine.

The team presents in the PNAS paper computational models that provide a blueprint for developing artificial cells—or microcapsules—that can communicate, move independently, and transport "cargo" such as chemicals needed for reactions. Most importantly, the "biologically inspired" devices function entirely through simple physical and chemical processes, behaving like complex natural organisms but without the complicated internal biochemistry, said corresponding author Anna Balazs, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering. (

07-25-2010, 11:16 AM
Khyaal wrora this was a intellectual article you post.

Da Swat malgarya! Yau jahan manana for appreciating the post, but I didn't wrote it, I just pasted it from another source which has been given below.

07-25-2010, 06:18 PM
Khyaal Jaan,
Sometimes by posting these kind of articles it helps improve my knowledge when I get into those heated debates with my professors of Biology.

Thank you.

I think such advanced research requires an interdisciplinary knowledge and approach. To fully understand this one has to study other branches of science as well.

07-25-2010, 06:45 PM
I work with cell signalling, however it is very early step and need decades to reach any conclusion,however a clue which brings hopes for further development in the field.
Thanks for sahring this article.