"A city is like an organism," said IBM Corp. computational biologist Robert Prill, who is among those at the company investigating ways to better collect and analyze these immense new public-health genome databases. "It has a circulating system consisting of the movement of people."
"A city is like a language, the product of a whole people," said Brenda Diggs, chairwoman of Greenville's Neighborhood Advisory Board, which hosted the free event with the Community Development Department. "Everyone's attitude and input makes Greenville what it is today and what it will become tomorrow."
"A city is like a body. It eats, it breathes, it metabolizes. And when a city gets sick-coughing up things like pollution, poverty and crime-there are different ways to treat it."
"So, we could say that most of a city is like a non-vascular plant in that it is constrained to grow on the surface and in two dimensions."
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