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Battling Superbugs: How Phage Therapy Went From Obscure to Promising
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Until a dangerous bacterial infection left her husband near death 3 years ago, scientist Steffanie Strathdee had never heard of bacteriophage therapy. After it ultimately saved his life, however, she not only has become a staunch advocate of the therapy, but also now serves as co-director of the newly established Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics at the University of California San Diego.... Read more

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Just when it looked like there could be a breakthrough in the application of biotechnology to crops and food plants, a n...

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Biothermodynamics: Principles and Applications

This text, aimed primarily at students who have suffered through a one- or two-semester introduction to thermodynamics, offers an interesting insight into the application of these principles to inquiries involving biological and agricultural systems.... Read more

Preparing Students for Medical Device Innovation: Notes from BME-IDEA 2018

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, I attended the BME-IDEA (Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Alliance) meeting in Atlanta, GA, USA. It was the 12th convening of this meeting which was first held in 2003...... Read more

Design Control for the Medical Device Industry, 2nd ed.

I was interested to review this text to see how it dealt with current Quality Systems regulations.... Read more

Adequate, Not Best

What almost all students and many faculty members don’t realize is that engineering design/application solutions are rarely the best.... Read more

The Holy Grail and the Female Uterus

Let us review the role of women in the ancient Jewish-Christian tradition. The Old Testament (OT), the first part of the Christian Bible, is based primarily on the Hebrew scriptures (or Tanakh). The New Testament collects later writings.... Read more