Dismantling Complex Problems into their Simple Substrates: From Embryonic Stems Cells to Global Peace
Zucker, Howard A.
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In the constantly changing world that we all live in today, problems appear to surface that have many faces depending upon one’s vantage point. At times it may be possible to distill some of the complexities into smaller subunits that are easier to tackle. Today’s lecture will look at several examples and personal experiences with these dilemmas. Included in the presentation is a discussion on how a child’s toy can help improve health for millions of illiterate people, why a device in the hands of billions can guarantee safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain, the way a few simple questions can determine whether billions spent on peace are actually making a difference and the applicability of an accepted medical practice to expanding the use of stem cells. In addition, a discussion on how historical examples can be used to help develop national vaccination programs and can lay a foundation for tissue engineering research, as well as how research into one biological system can possibly solve many medical problems, and at the same time help contribute to alternative energy sources