By W. David Lee
Engineering has been an important collaborator in organic examine and breakthroughs in biology are frequently enabled by way of technological advances. deciphering the double helix constitution of DNA, for instance, purely turned attainable after major advances in such applied sciences as X-ray diffraction and gel electrophoresis. prognosis and therapy of tuberculosis enhanced as new applied sciences -- together with the stethoscope, the microscope, and the X-ray -- built. those engineering breakthroughs ensue clear of the biology lab, and plenty of years may possibly elapse sooner than the expertise turns into to be had to biologists. during this ebook, David Lee argues for concurrent engineering -- the convergence of engineering and organic study -- as a way to speed up the speed of organic discovery and its software to prognosis and remedy. He provides broad case reports and introduces a metric to degree the time among technological improvement and organic discovery.
Investigating a sequence of significant organic discoveries that diversity from pasteurization to electron microscopy, Lee reveals that it took a regular of 40 years for the mandatory know-how to turn into on hand for laboratory use. Lee demands new ways to analyze and investment to inspire a tighter, extra collaborative coupling of engineering and biology. merely then, he argues, can we see the speedy advances within the existence sciences which are significantly wanted for life-saving prognosis and treatment.