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​Manu Prakash: The physics of biology

​In this episode of The Future of Everything radio show, bioengineer Manu Prakash discusses how he uses physics to explore the way life functions at the microscopic level.

Students trying the low-cost microscope

Students around the world can use an ultra-low cost microscope invented by the Prakash Lab to do science. | Image courtesy of the Prakash Lab

Manu Prakash is a bioengineer, a physicist and an inventor, who has developed a $1.50 foldable microscope and the 20-cent “paperfuge” that are democratizing biosciences in parts of the world where resources are scarce and electricity is nonexistent.

Prakash’s passion flows from his deep love and understanding for how physics operates in the microscopic realm, in which bacteria, parasites and viruses thrive.

In this episode of The Future of Everything, he joins fellow bioengineer Russ Altman for an expansive discussion of the passions and the payoffs of the physics of our biological world from how certain biological systems self-assemble to the way inanimate droplets of water on a glass slide communicate with one another.