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To do experiments in space, scientists must carefully think out and prepare their experiments long ahead of time, wait for an available launch window to get their projects up to the laboratories on the International Space Station, , rely in some cases on the expertise of the astronauts to carry out the experiments correctly, and then wait for their results to be transmitted or physically transported back to Earth... Read more

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Medical and Molecular Engineering

The human genome project changed everything—or did it? Although undeniably a scientific tour de force, the Genome Proj...

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The Brave New World of Reproductive Health

In our January article on hot trends in biomedical engineering for 2014, we predicted the CRISPR/Cas system to become a transformative and powerful tool for gene editing. The simplicity, precision, speed, and low cost by which one or more gene sequences can be selectively silenced, enhanced or changed with CRISPR... Read more

The Match Day That Could Have Been

The long anticipated day has finally arrived: the “Match Day” that could have been. Once medical students choose their specialty at the beginning of their fourth year, they apply to residency programs in that specialty. The application process is relatively similar to the typical medical/graduate school application processes... Read more

The Power of Thought and the Value of Being Lost

The last time I sat down to write this column, I was in the midst of the most tumultuous period of my adult life to date. I had openly admitted to my advisor that I desperately wanted to quit my job... Read more

Connecting Through Conferences

The last few months have been exciting times for IEEE EMBS student members across the world, and we are all set to carry forward the momentum into the IEEE EMBS International Conference 2014 in Chicago... Read more

The Obvious Answer

In his book Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer, Duncan Watts posits that what we value as worthwhile is often determined by chance. He cites the case of the famous painting the Mona Lisa, which is now considered among the world’s masterpieces and hangs in a special place... Read more