Life's lessons in design

@article{Ball2001LifesLI,
  title={Life's lessons in design},
  author={Philip Ball},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={409},
  pages={413-416}
}
So long as it avoids a Panglossian view of nature, the science of biomimetics has the potential to enrich many areas of technology. But accurate mimicry will require greater understanding of natural mechanisms at the molecular scale. As this continues to unfold, emulation may increasingly give way to assimilation of biological machinery.