Author Biography


Leslie Mertz

Leslie Mertz ( is a freelance science, medical, and technical writer, author, and educator living in northern Michigan.

Author Articles

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The Foundry: Scaling Up Biological Design

Above: Depicted, from left to right: Chris Voigt, Ben Gordon, Rob Nicol. Photo by Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering.
Living organisms are amazing feats of engineering: By following instructions encoded entirely in DNA, living systems can sense and respond to their environment, build intricate structures

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Putting a Number on Pain

Will new technologies substantially change the way subjective complaints are measured in clinical trials, and, if so, by how much? Depending on the expert consulted, the answer ranges from a little to a lot.

All It Takes Is Vision

Traditional genetic engineering has for several decades enabled the cutting and pasting of DNA from one place to another, allowing for all kinds of developments: giving bacteria the ability to make insulin, making crops pesticide- resistant, and increasing the size of food animals, to name but a few.

Are Wearables Safe?

Sometime over the last few years, wearable electronics have become the norm. Whether it’s a cell phone attached to a holster at the hip, a smart watch on the wrist, or sensors on and sometimes woven into clothing, these technologies are part of everyday life.

From Annoying to Appreciated

Clinical decision support is about making the right thing to do the easy thing to do. And it’s about putting into place a process that will systematically guide decisions and actions toward the most effective and appropriate ones