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Biomimetics: The early years

SO Michael

Abstract


Biomimetics is a relatively new term and an evolving discipline with the
potentials for transforming every aspect of medicine. Biomimetics or
biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex biological puzzles. Insights into biological processes have already resulted in new discoveries that are having immediate clinical applications. From the initial studies that were driven by anti-cancer objectives, biomimetics research has grown to include every aspect of biology and medicine. The early years (1974 – 1994) clearly showed an exponential rise in interest in this new discipline. This trend has continued unto the present. It is by mimicking nature that her immutable laws can be uncovered. Is the biomimetics approach man’s tool for the ultimate conquest of sickness and disease? Only time will tell.



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