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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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “bioinspiration” research entails,
  • How Jeffrey Karp draws inspiration from nature to solve medical dilemmas and
  • Why selling nature-inspired products is difficult.

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...

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