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Making the right suit to help save lives of Ebola fighters

Published Mon, Nov 10, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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"YOU can help save lives!" the email blast said. "Only 60 slots available." Biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins University were looking for experts, people who could combine brain power to solve a widespread problem in the fight against Ebola. Those white and yellow moon suits that protect health workers from the virus? They're nearly always too hot, too big and too difficult to take off.

Dozens of applications for a weekend-long challenge flooded in, from doctors, infection-control experts, engineers, accomplished students, designers of medical devices - and a wedding dress maker.

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