March/April 2019

State of the Art March/April 2019
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... Read more
Feature March/April 2019
Gift of Sight: Stem-Cell Patches for Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration
For people who have relied on good eyesight for the first six or seven decades of their lives, the diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is devastating. This disease, which currently has no cure, can severely limit central vision and,... Read more
Feature March/April 2019
Health Care in the Age of Interoperability: Part 4
This is the fourth in a series of articles on the dramatic transformation taking place in health informatics in large part because of the new Health Level 7 (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard. The first article provided the... Read more
Cover Story March/April 2019
Will Biotechnology Stop Aging?
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... Read more
Retrospectroscope March/April 2019
Languages and Disabilities: Is There Anything BME Can Help Out With? Some History, Too
The Tower of Babel 1Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used... Read more
Feature March/April 2019
The Importance of Data Compression in the Field of Genomics
Genomic research is the driver of efforts to create personalized medicine and discover cures for cancer, rare diseases, and other serious health conditions. Thanks to the widespread availability of inexpensive genome sequencing technology, the field is expanding rapidly. Many countries... Read more
Feature March/April 2019
The Power of Light: Nobel Prize in Physics 2018
The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists in the field of laser science: Dr. Arthur Ashkin for his invention of the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems, and Dr. Gérard Mourou and Dr. Donna... Read more