September/October 2016

More Than Just Monkey Business

More Than Just Monkey Business

Author(s): Jennifer Berglund
More Than Just Monkey Business 618 372 IEEE Pulse

The science of the microbiome is arguably one of the hottest topics in medicine, and rightfully so. A deeper understanding of the ecology of the flora in our bodies is…

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Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Author(s): Art Johnson
Prevention Is Better Than Cure 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Modern medicine is overwhelmingly reactive rather than proactive. Get sick, seek medical help. How expensive that model is! If everyone only got sick and then sought medical assistance, we could…

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Consilience of Conscience

Author(s): Paul King
Consilience of Conscience 150 150 IEEE Pulse

LAB GIRL By Hope Jahren, Knopf, 2016. ISBN: 9781101874936, 304 pages, US$26.95. As an academic, a research engineer, and a committed tree hugger, I found much to like in the…

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The Precise–and Wild–Genomics Revolution

Author(s): Sarah Campbell
The Precise–and Wild–Genomics Revolution 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Figure 1: This 2001 photo of DNA sequencing equipment at the NIH’s Intramural Research Center, Advanced Technology Center, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, suggests the “hundreds, hundreds, hundreds” of machines required at…

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What Lies Within

What Lies Within

Author(s): Shannon Fischer
What Lies Within 618 372 IEEE Pulse

In 1991, a group of Italian researchers announced that they had isolated a new antibiotic from a chemical soup brewed with a soil-dwelling bacteria called Planobispora rosea. The drug was…

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Knowing What You Eat

Knowing What You Eat

Author(s): Kristina Grifantini
Knowing What You Eat 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Food allergies and sensitivities have always been a public health problem but are becoming more prevalent worldwide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that millions of Americans have…

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What Can Big Data Tell Us About Health?

What Can Big Data Tell Us About Health?

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
What Can Big Data Tell Us About Health? 618 372 IEEE Pulse

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data,” said Sherlock Holmes creator and author Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. In this era of big data, and especially…

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The Case for Big Data

The Case for Big Data

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
The Case for Big Data 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Cigarette smoking is tied to lung cancer, but people still smoke. Why do people start smoking in the first place? That is one of the many complex, interdisciplinary questions behind…

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New approaches for treating inflammatory bowel diseases.

Omics Tech, Gut-on-a-Chip, and Bacterial Engineering

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Omics Tech, Gut-on-a-Chip, and Bacterial Engineering 618 372 IEEE Pulse

It was six years ago that fecal transplantation first received prominent media attention and the public began to fully appreciate that the bacteria and other microbes in their bodies could…

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