Extreme Tissue Engineering

The challenges of integrating various scientific disciplines are nowhere more apparent than in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM). In this field, two of the most divergent disciplines—Biology and Physics/Engineering—must partner closely to make progress for regenerative medicine. In his recently published book Extreme Tissue Engineering: Concepts and Strategies for Tissue Fabrication, Robert Brown provides a thought-provoking look into the issues faced by anyone working in TERM and keeping both novices and experts alike engaged with his humorous and irreverent style.

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How did you become involved with Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM)? Where has your interest in this field led you?

I became involved in tissue engineering at the time that it first took hold in Europe from the US, at the start of the 1990’s.  More than 20 years ago the community here was just starting to debate its implications and substance. I was working with a (then) tiny international community on guidance mechanisms (for tissue repair) using substrates and mechanical forces and this fitted in perfectly. My initial interest was in testing the idea that we could either implant materials which would control the production of better (less scar-like) repairs in the body or that with the right conditions we would be able to grow useful tissues in 3D bioreactors. Continue reading

Sustainability for the Food Sciences

In a world rife with pollution and overconsumption of fossil fuels, sustainability is an increasingly important topic in a variety of sectors, not the least of which is food science and agriculture. In his new book Handbook of Sustainability for the Food Sciences, Rubén O. Morawicki presents the concept of sustainability as it applies to the food supply chain “from farm to fork,” with a special emphasis on processing. In the following interview, Dr. Morawicki discusses how we damage the environment at various steps along the food supply chain, how we might fix these harmful processes, and how varied the definition of sustainability can be. Continue reading

Podcast: Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History

Global climate change: arguably the buzz-words of our decade. Scientists and politicians around the globe discuss whether it’s happening, why it’s happening now, whether humans caused it or if it’s a natural cycle the planet is going through, or some combination thereof. But there’s one approach that not many people have taken.

With so much research being published in this area, finding someone with a new approach to the topic is rare. But co-authors Kristen St. John, Mark Leckie, Kate Pound, Megan Jones and Lawrence Krissek have taken a less common approach to thinking about climate change. They have been studying our past.

Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History delves into past climate cycles as far back as the Cenozoic climate change, and explores abrupt warming and cooling events the Earth has gone through in the past million years.

Here to talk with us some more about her book is co-author Kristen St John.

Read more about Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History and other climate change books at www.wiley.com/go/climate.