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  • Nov 24, 2014

    Print Thyself news

    3D bioprinting

    The New Yorker
    The New Yorker highlights key innovations of 3D printing in bioengineering and features the pioneering work of Wyss Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis that is making printing customized organs a reality...

  • Nov 23, 2014

    What will future of medicine look like? Start here. news

    organs on chips
    Enormous technological changes are heading our way. If they hit us unprepared, which we are now, they will wash away the medical system we know and leave it a purely technology-based service without personal interaction. Such a complicated system should not be washed away but rather purposefully redesigned. The Wyss Institute's goal of linking ten human organs-on-chips to imitate whole-body physiology is one example...

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code news


    As part of the widespread effort to teach programming and other computer skills to more children at earlier stages, Wyss Institute Research Associate Mike Rubenstein recently created AERobot - a robot that can help teach programming and artificial intelligence to middle school kids and high schoolers...

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Inexpensive, Durable Plastic Hands Let Robots Get a Grip news

    iHY hand

    IEEE Spectrum
    Meet the iHY - a rubber-jointed hand developed in part by Wyss Institute Associate Faculty member Rob Howe that can pick up a telephone and use a drill...

  • Nov 21, 2014

    3 Real 3-D Printing Trends to Watch: Organ Repair, Not Replacement news

    3D bioprinting

    Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
    Fully implantable 3-D printed organs may be a long way off but researchers are already taking steps in that direction. But before patients start getting their artificial organs out of a printer they'll have a chance to let 3-D printing fix the organs they already have. Thanks to researchers at Harvard Medical School's Wyss Institute major heart attack sufferers may have a viable alternative to a full-on heart transplant...

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Feel the noise news

    vibrating insoles

    IEEE Spectrum
    This illustration explains the concept behind the vibrating insoles being developed at the Wyss Institute called stocastic resonance - a counterintuitive phenomenon whereby noise strengthens a signal...

  • Nov 13, 2014

    Why I’m making a big investment in Harvard’s computer science faculty news

    3D bioprinting

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer explains why he is helping to support an increase in the size of the computer science faculty at Harvard by 50% and how the Wyss Institute plays a role...

  • Nov 13, 2014

    Cells act like old tape recorders to monitor health news

    bacterial reporters

    New Scientist
    Building on Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver's work, E. coli bacteria have had their DNA hacked so they can store memories of their cellular environment. Other more complicated cells should be capable of the feat too, which could pave the way for cellular biographers that can be inserted into our bodies for the inside scoop on our health...

  • Nov 12, 2014

    Funding the next generation of scholars news

    Harvard Gazette
    The Amgen Scholars Program will bring students from around the world to gain experience in Harvard labs including labs affiliated with the Wyss Institute, Harvard Catalyst, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Broad Institute...

  • Nov 11, 2014

    Using DNA nanotechnology to cast arbitrarily shaped nanoparticles news

    DNA crystals

    Tech Investor News
    Metal or other inorganic nanoparticles of 20 to 30-nm scale can be cast in arbitrary 3D shapes and configurations dictated by stiff, atomically precise molds constructed using scaffold DNA origami...

  • Nov 11, 2014

    National Anti-Vivisection Society and International Foundation for Ethical Research Announce New Research Grants for Promising Young Investigators news

    Bryan Hassell

    SFGate Newspaper
    Bryan Hassell, a Ph.D. candidate working in Dr. Donald Ingber’s laboratory at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, has been selected to receive funding for his project, “Human Cancer-on-a-Chip as a Replacement for Animal Testing.” Bryan seeks to develop an organ-on-a-chip platform to determine how lung cancer cells respond to chemotherapy depending on their organ-specific microenvironment, as well as to identify new anticancer therapies...

  • Nov 11, 2014

    4 Of The Coolest Health Innovations Of The Year Came From The Military news

    soft exosuit

    Huffington Post
    Both the soft exosuit and biospleen developed at the Wyss are featured in the Huffington Post as two of the four coolest health innovations of the year that are funded by DARPA...

  • Nov 9, 2014

    10 big breakthroughs coming soon news

    organs on chips

    Boston Globe
    The Boston Globe names the Wyss Institute's organs on chips one of the 10 biggest breakthroughs coming soon to Longwood...

  • Nov 7, 2014

    'Big Hero 6' star Baymax was inspired by a real robot news

    big hero 6

    Wyss Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Siddharth Sanan's research in soft and inflatable robots is influencing the way robots are depicted in pop-culture...

  • Nov 4, 2014

    Vapor Drinks, Scent Messages And A Vibrating Orb Debut At Le Laboratoire In Cambridge news

    Le Lab Cambridge

    WBUR Artery
    Harvard University inventor David Edwards has been called a real-life Willy Wonka for creating futuristic food-related novelties, with a purpose. He developed Le Whif — an inhalable chocolate — and also a “scent message” device called the oPhone at his “culture lab” in Paris known as Le Laboratoire. Now the scientist is bringing his laboratory concept to Cambridge in his first U.S. outpost, and it includes an “innovation” bar and restaurant...

  • Nov 3, 2014

    Vibrating Shoes Restore Balance for Seniors news

    vibrating insoles

    IEEE Spectrum
    IEEE Spectrum describes how the vibrating insoles being developed at the Wyss could potentially reverse sensory impairments caused by old age or disease, preventing the dangerous consequences of a declining sense of touch...

  • Nov 3, 2014

    Quicker Ebola Test Method In The Works news

    paper based diagnostic

    CBS Boston
    In an interview with CBS Boston, Wyss Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Keith Pardee talks about a new, field-able test that can detect Ebola without a fancy lab or special personnel. Watch...

  • Nov 3, 2014

    Announcing the 50 on Fire Finalists in Medicine & Healthcare news

    Jennifer Lewis

    Wyss Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis named a finalist on BostInno's list of '50 on Fire' in medicine and healthcare...

  • Nov 1, 2014

    At a scientist’s cafe, food is the next frontier news

    Le Lab Cambridge

    Boston Globe
    Harvard University inventor David Edwards has been called a real-life Willy Wonka for creating futuristic food-related novelties, with a purpose. He developed Le Whif — an inhalable chocolate — and also a “scent message” device called the oPhone at his “culture lab” in Paris known as Le Laboratoire. Now the scientist is bringing his laboratory concept to Cambridge in his first U.S. outpost, and it includes an “innovation” bar and restaurant...

  • Nov 1, 2014

    Mentor Mike Super news

    Mike Super

    Harvard Catalyst
    Wyss Senior Staff Scientist Mike Super is featured on Harvard Catalyst for his dedication to empowering students through mentorship that fosters team science in clinical and translational research...

  • Oct 31, 2014

    Vibrating insoles could help prevent falls among seniors news

    vibrating insoles

    Falls are the leading cause of death by injury amongst seniors, and those falls are in turn typically caused by poor balance or an irregular gait. A new study indicates that subtly-buzzing insoles may help seniors regain some of that lost sensation, and thus be less likely to fall down...

  • Oct 30, 2014

    Scientists store 700 TB of data on one gram of human DNA news

    data on DNA

    Digit News Desk
    Harvard scientists George Church and Sri Kosuri have successfully stored 700 TB of data on human DNA, breaking the old record by a thousand times...

  • Oct 29, 2014

    Army wants Soft Exoskeletons for 90% of the Soldiers news

    soft exosuit

    Next Big Future
    Wyss Institute researchers have spent the past two years developing a biologically inspired smart suit that aims to boost efficiency through a series of webbing straps that contain a microprocessor and a network of strain sensors...

  • Oct 29, 2014

    BASF Venture Capital Leads $3 Million Series A Financing in SLIPS Technologies news


    Coatings World
    SLIPS Technologies develops customized, highly-repellent slippery surfaces for customers in all industries including energy, packaging, consumer, automotive and environmental. The company’s ground-breaking technology platform was created by Prof. Joanna Aizenberg and her team at the Wyss Institute...

  • Oct 29, 2014

    Wyss Institute launches 'SLIPS' company news


    Bloomberg Businessweek
    The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its 'SLIPS' technology, a novel coating that repels almost every type of liquid and solid, will be commercialized by a newly formed private company, SLIPS Technologies, Inc. Read more...

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