Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
What's it like to be on the cover of a national publication like Wired?
"Fun, but also very surreal," said mechanical engineering graduate student Dan Paluska, who is featured in the September 2000 issue of the magazine with M2, the two-legged humanoid robot he's developing. "You know how at carnivals there are those booths that produce a picture of you on a magazine cover? That's kind of how I feel."
Most of the people who've contacted him about the cover have been old friends from high school. But he's also gotten a call from the producer of a documentary about robotics, and from someone trying to sell him a plaque of the cover.
And then there's the man who visited Boston on Monday, picked up a copy of the magazine, and tracked Dan down to get it autographed. He succeeded.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 13, 2000.