Rockets, gauges, and pendulums: applying engineering principles to cell biology

  title={Rockets, gauges, and pendulums: applying engineering principles to cell biology},
  author={William Sullivan},
  journal={Molecular Biology of the Cell},
  pages={1635 - 1640}
  • W. Sullivan
  • Published 1 July 2019
  • Biology
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
From flight to radar to Velcro, biological form and function have inspired engineers for centuries. It is equally valuable to consider whether concepts in engineering might provide insights into core biological processes. To explore this idea, cell cycle checkpoints, biological clocks, and signaling pathways are viewed here from an engineering perspective. Engineering concepts covered include gauge error, the distinction between precision and accuracy, and the Taguchi method of robust design… 
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