Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
A total of 2,057 men and women have been offered admission to MIT next fall, or 32 percent of the 6,410 applicants, Michael C. Behnke, director of admissions, has reported.
The goal is a freshman class of 1,100.
The number of applications was 261 fewer than the 6,671 in 1992, which Mr. Behnke attributed to "a continuing decline in interest in engineering." He said applications were down in almost all engineering schools, in most cases much more so than at MIT.
For the second year in a row, women represented 38 percent of the admitted students, and underrepresented minorities 13 percent.
The math mean SAT score rose five points, from 742 in 1992 to 747 in 1993, while the verbal mean dropped three points, from 641 to 638.
A version of this article appeared in the March 31, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 27).