Following on the establishment of the University of California, San Diego's National Institutes of Health-funded systems biology center, a new National Centers for Systems Biology has been established at the University of California, San Francisco, thanks to a five-year, $15.4 million NIH grant. Researchers at UCSF will collaborate with their UCSD counterparts on research into the development of "smart cells" to facilitate drug delivery and develop methods that may enable researchers to engineer a patient's own cells for personalized treatment.

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