After earning a PhD in physics from MIT, Don Monroe spent almost 20 years developing technology at Bell Labs. On page 48 he writes about optical tweezers, a way of manipulating biological structures with laser beams to learn about their mechanical properties that was also developed at Bell. "That's something I was always interested in... but never got to," he says.


Megan Stephan studied transporters and ion channels at Yale for nearly two decades before giving up the pipettor for the pen. "I've always been fascinated by research at the interface between biology and physics," she says. She explores the impact of microfluidics engineers and their devices on life science research starting on page 43.


Stephen Pincock has been the magazine's news editor since 2003, responsible for our daily coverage on the Web of the UK, Europe, and Asia. He'll be leaving that position next month when he and...

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