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Weiss named 'leading young innovator'

Technology Review magazine has selected Ron Weiss , assistant professor of electrical engineering, for its 2003 list of 100 leading young innovators.

The magazine, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cited Weiss for his efforts to program cells to perform sensing and tissue-building functions on command. Weiss is developing standardized sets of genes that function like circuits in an electronic device. When inserted into a cell, the genes would respond to signals and trigger other circuits according to a logical program. Such programmed cells could be used to detect and pinpoint toxins in the environment or repair tissues within the human body.

Weiss came to Princeton in 2001 after receiving his Ph.D. from MIT.

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