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Will Biotechnology Stop Aging?
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Could biotechnology stop aging? The answer may be yes, no, or something in between, depending on who is being asked and what it means to “stop” aging. For those at one end of the spectrum— life extension seekers (including some deep-pocketed Silicon Valley investors)—the answer is “yes.” They believe biotechnology will lengthen human life spans to range anywhere from 1,000 years to forever. But for most, the answer is more nuanced and involves a dream of extended healthspan, rather than immortality.... Read more


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Written Communications

No matter if an engineer did the best job in the world with a design, if the person responsible for the design cannot communicate the design effectively, then the design effort was wasted. That’s the reason that I gave to my Transport Processes Design course students for requiring that they paid attention to communications in their desi... Read more

Biothermodynamics: Principles and Applications

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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

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