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28 March 2023

A father had a heart attack at 54. His son’s technology could have predicted it

by Angus Dalton



Aspiring engineer Arnold Lining Ju was facing the most crucial few weeks of his life – the qualifying exams for his dream PhD – when a tragedy at home upended everything.

His father, Li, had suffered a heart attack. He was 54.

The shock of his father’s illness changed Ju’s academic trajectory forever. He switched his career focus from mechanical engineering to the physics at work in our bodies.

Fifteen years later, the now 36-year-old University of Sydney associate professor is developing a finger-prick blood test that could have predicted the disaster brewing in his father’s bloodstream…

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