Tensegrity: The Architecture of Life

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SPTNK’s conversation with biologist Donald Ingber on the topic of tensegrity is now included in Tensegrity Wiki, and featured on the Vimeo channel, Tensegrity.

According to Ingber, head of Ingber Laboratories at the Harvard Medical School Children’s Hospital in Boston, tensegrity, the shape-stabilizing structures made famous by Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome that balances compression with tension and yields to forces without breaking, is the guiding force of evolution, the architecture of life. Moreover, Ingber’s research has shown that tensegrity gives cells their shape with each cell having an inner-scaffolding or cytoskeleton, and if you change the shape of the cell, you also change its biochemistry and genetic expression. This discovery is fundamental to the future of medicine as it may cure diseases such as cancer.

For more SPTNK conversations with Don Ingber on tensegrity and mechanbiology, click here.

To learn more about the SPTNK cultural theme of mechanobiology, click here.

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