In summer 2008, 23-year-old Kay Aull had just graduated from MIT with a degree in bioengineering when she came across a competition for so-called “biohackers” on science fiction website i09.com. Coined “the Mad Science Contest,” it challenged participants to invent new life forms that could be created in a bio lab
As a doctor with an academic, clinical, and personal interest in diabetes, I worry that we’re in for a real struggle—and our success is part of the problem. As kids, many of us were outside running around for hours, only coming home for dinner, which rarely, if ever, consisted of junk food or fast food
When it comes to biomedical engineering (BME) today, innovation might just be the most important buzzword around. That’s not because it happens to be the trend of the day across industries already; it’s because in the face of skyrocketing healthcare costs, a rapidly aging global population, and multiplying cases of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, we have no other choice. If our goal is ultimately to create a healthier, more vibrant global society, we must innovate—and radically.