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Biomimetics is essentially applying the functions of biological systems found in nature to artificially created systems intended to replicate the same functions.

The classic example of biomimetics is of course the prosthetic limb – or prosthetic organ – which is designed to mimic the functions of an original, lost organic structure. In this way, biomimetics shares a great deal of cross-over with bionic and systems.

However, biomimetics may also refer to systems which are not intended to replicate the form and function of biological systems, but simply the function. This is true in the case of lab-on-a-chip systems, which replicate the functioning of the cardiovascular system, for example, but do so in order to test for the presence of diseases or pathogens.

Other examples include chips which mimic the complex mechanical and biochemical functions of an organ – such as a lung – so that chemical compounds may be tested on the chip to approximate their effects on an actual lung.

See Also: Bionic, Biomaterial, Biomaterial Evolution, Prosthetic, Smart Material, Adaptive Architecture, Biomimetic Microsystem

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