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For some, gecko feet are, simply, gecko feet. For “bioinspirationalist” Jeffery Karp, however, the natural world – gecko feet included – holds the key to the future of medicine. In this compelling article, journalist Laura Parker takes you behind the scenes at Karp Labs – one of the foremost bioinspirational labs in the world – and reveals the ways studying nature helps Karp and his team find fixes for some of today’s toughest human dilemmas. getAbstract recommends this article to everyone interested in bioengineering trends.

About the Author

Laura Parker is a commissioning editor at The Guardian, focusing on sustainable business. She is the author of Power Play, a book examining the rise of social impact video games.



When most people look at a gecko, they don’t usually think about solving complex medical issues. But then again, Jeffrey Karp isn’t most people; he is a “bioinspirationalist.” Karp, along with others in his field, dedicate their lives to finding answers to medical and scientific questions by studying animal and plant life. Bioinspiration labs may perform niche research, but there is significant interest in them. Open since 2009, Harvard University’s specialist Wyss Institute employs 375 staff and receives more than $600 million in funding each year.

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