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Since Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, the pace of scientific discovery in life sciences has grown exponentially. This is partly due to the amazing development of technologies, especially in the areas of data acquisition and data analysis.

The advent of microarray technologies, nanotechnology and DNA sequencing techniques have generated massive amounts of data, which would have taken lifetimes to be processed without the power of computers. It has been said that life sciences will be the most computer-intensive scientific field of the 21st century.

The challenges to analyze such data may be recent in the field of life sciences, but tools and solutions already existed in the fields of engineering, mathematics, statistics and computer science. Presented here is a small subset of examples that show how several engineering fields can come together to bring solutions for life sciences’ challenges.

A View From the Outside In

By Leslie Mertz
NOTE: This is an abstract of the entire article, which appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of the IEEE Pulse magazine. Click here to view the entire article.

Wearable Computing

By Daniel Roggen, Stéphane Magnenat, Markus Waibel, and Gerhard Tröster
NOTE: This is an abstract of the entire article, which appeared in the June 2011 issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine. Click here to read the entire article.

The Doctor Will See You Always

Wireless technologies are about to transform health care—and not a moment too soon
By Joseph M. Smith
Imagine a world in which your medicine cabinet notices that you are due for a prescription refill and calls it in. A sensor implanted under your skin detects a fluid …