Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
MIT is among the top 10 most influential schools in chemistry and physics, according to recent rankings by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). The rankings are based on the number of citations per paper in these fields between 1981 and 1993.
MIT ranked fourth in chemistry, behind Harvard, Caltech and the University of Chicago. The Institute ranked tenth in physics, behind Harvard, Princeton, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Caltech, Yale, Stanford and SUNY Stony Brook.
According to Science magazine, "in the course of making the physics honor roll, MIT turned out the most papers, nearly 8,500, indicating that quantity and quality can mix."
The rankings were published in the November/December issue of Science Watch, a publication of the ISI.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 1, 1995.