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  • Feb 3, 2016

    It's Time to Declare War on Mosquitoes news

    anopheles

    Gizmodo
    Gizmodo describes new methods to combat mosquito-borne viruses, including gene drives developed by Wyss Core Faculty member George Church...

  • Feb 1, 2016

    Amazing 4-D Printed Flowers That Change Shape In The Presence of Water news

    4D printing

    Fast Company
    Fast Company describes a variety of potential possible applications for 4D printing, led by Wyss Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis, from manufacturing to medicine, which involves programming a material so that it changes shape in reaction to a stimulus...

  • Jan 27, 2016

    '4-D' flowers have petals that fold themselves news

    4D printing

    Boston Globe
    Artificial flowers that bend their petals and fold when steeped in water are the latest demonstration of a trend that’s due to upstage 3-D printing for sheer gee-whiz factor. It’s called 4-D printing...

  • Jan 25, 2016

    Glowing 4D-printed flowers could pave way for replacement organs news

    4D printing

    New Scientist
    NewScientist describes the latest example of 4D printing developed by two Wyss Core Faculty members, which could have ultimate applications in tissue engineering where replacement tissue is printed as a flat sheet, then turns itself into the required shape...

  • Jan 25, 2016

    '4D-Printed' Objects Change Shape After They're Made news

    4D printing

    Live Science
    By mimicking the way orchids, calla lilies and other plants bend and twist, scientists at the Wyss Institute have created shape-shifting "4D-printed" structures that they say could one day help heal wounds and be used in robotic surgical tools...

  • Jan 25, 2016

    '4-D Printing' Technique Creates Objects That Change Over Time news

    slips

    NBC News
    While 3-D printers are versatile tools, the objects they create are largely static — but a new technique from Harvard's Wyss Institute, inspired by structures in plants, allows for creations that change their shape over time....

  • Jan 22, 2016

    Video Friday: Segway Robot Demo, Pepper the Retail Worker, and Megakopter World Record news

    IEEE Spectrum
    Wyss Core Faculty member Radhika Nagpal's TEDx talk, "Taming the swarm - Collective Artificial Intelligence" is highlighted on IEEE Spectrum...

  • Jan 20, 2016

    'Squishy Robot Fingers' Tenderly Sample Fragile Marine Lifeforms news

    gripper

    NBC News
    NBC News describes how, instead of "Jaws-of-life" style grippers, Wyss Core Faculty member Robert Wood is developing spongy robotic fingers that can hold onto delicate sea fauna without crushing them...

  • Jan 20, 2016

    Harvard roboticist gives researchers a hand for deep sea exploration news

    gripper

    Boston.com
    Boston.com describes the work of Wyss Core Faculty member Robert Wood, who is developing “squishy” robotic fingers on a robotic arm to improve the collection of delicate specimens in the deep sea...

  • Jan 5, 2016

    Stephen's Pretty Sure George Church Said He's Going To Live Forever news

    Church

    CBS
    Wyss Core Faculty member George Church appears on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss his cutting-edge projects, including new gene therapy techniques...

  • Jan 1, 2016

    Mimicking Organs news

    lung on a chip

    Harvard Magazine
    Harvard Magazine highlights upcoming initiatives at the Institute involving human organs-on-chips and describes the technology’s success as a result of the Wyss model of collaboration where multidisciplinary scientists, industrialists, designers and venture capitalists work side by side to create something extraordinary...

  • Dec 29, 2015

    Some of the crazy things scientists did using gene editing in 2015 news

    Business Insider India
    In a review of some of the craziest things scientists did using gene editing last year, Business Insider India describes the work of Wyss Core Faculty member George Church, who has a engineered pig embryos to make their organs more compatible for human transplant. Using CRISPR, the team altered more than 60 genes in the pigs to remove viruses found in animals that could be harmful to humans...

  • Dec 29, 2015

    Credit for CRISPR: A Conversation with George Church news

    The Scientist
    Sparked by a conversation with Wyss Core Faculty member George Church, The Scientist outlines critical contributions that he and other scientists have made to the development of the CRISPR gene-editing technique, and highlights the shortcomings in how journalists and award committees portray contributions to scientific discoveries...

  • Dec 28, 2015

    Top 10 robot stories of 2015 news

    robotic water strider

    Designboom Magazine
    In their annual review, Designboom Magazine named the robotic water strider one of the 10 most important stories involving robots in the past 12 months. These biologically inspired robots were built by an international team of scientists from the Wyss Institute and Seoul National University using a robust catapult mechanism that allows the robotic insects to jump off the water’s surface...

  • Dec 28, 2015

    NanoRx: One of the best medical technologies of 2015 news

    MedGadget
    MedGadget has named the clot busting therapeutic technology developed at the Wyss one of the best medical technologies of 2015. The technology uses pressure activated nanoparticles to break up vessel occlusions in the brain that cause ischemic stroke, representing a breakthrough in the treatment of life-threatening blood clots...

  • Dec 21, 2015

    This blood-repelling material could be a game-changer for medicine news

    slips

    Business Insider
    Business Insider describes how Wyss researchers have developed a novel type of coating that sticks to steel's surface and almost instantly wicks away liquids such as blood, cultures of the bacteria E. coli, and films of algae...

  • Dec 21, 2015

    Harvard hopes to build wearable tech for detecting, treating allergy attacks news

    BetaBoston
    In partnership with the KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation, researchers at the Wyss Institute have announced a new project that aims to advance research and development efforts in the early detection and treatment of anaphylaxis. The origins of this project and collaboration are described in BetaBoston...

  • Dec 17, 2015

    And Science’s Breakthrough of the Year is… news

    crispr

    Science Magazine
    Having revealed its true power in a series of spectacular achievements in this year alone, Science Magazine has named CRISPR the Breakthrough of the Year 2015. The genome-editing technique appeared in Breakthrough sections in 2012 and 2013, but this year developments led by Wyss Core Faculty member George Church helped CRISPR break away from the pack, meanwhile transforming science and igniting public debate. Church’s contributions to the rise of CRISPR include the development of gene drives, which have the ability to spread gene alterations through targeted populations over many generations...

  • Dec 16, 2015

    U.S. Navy Recruits Gut Microbes to Fight Obesity and Disease news

    Scientific American
    The military is creating “smart” E. coli to combat a variety of disorders faced by warfighters, building off the work of Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver, who published report of the first synthetic engineered gut microbe in 2014...

  • Dec 16, 2015

    Tech Trends for 2016: Organs-on-chips news

    Startups
    The second appearance of microchips in our 2016 tech trends feature; organs-on-chips are a major scientific development that will become mainstream over the next 12 months...

  • Dec 15, 2015

    Gut-On-a-Chip Holds Clues for Treating Inflammatory Bowel Diseases news

    gut

    R&D Magazine
    R&D Magazine reports that Wyss researchers are utilizing the Gut-on-a-chip technology in hopes of creating new therapies for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)...

  • Dec 15, 2015

    Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 news

    Foreign Policy
    Foreign Policy magazine has named Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber and Core Faculty member George Church two of the Leading Global Thinkers of 2015. Acknowledged in the “Healers” category, Ingber is recognized for improving drug efficacy through the development of more than 10 organs-on-chips, and Church for advancing genetic engineering as a possible solution to the modern biodiversity crisis...

  • Dec 9, 2015

    How microbes in your gut today hold clues to tomorrow’s medicine news

    STAT News
    A new STAT News video explains how Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver is altering microbial DNA to develop organisms that can produce drugs on demand. Silver and colleagues are also working to advance the Institute's gut-on-a-chip technology to support the long-term goal of developing living medicine...

  • Dec 7, 2015

    8 Cool Uses for 3-D Printers In Health Care news

    The Huffington Post
    A bio-printing method that uses "bio inks" developed by Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis may represent an early step toward building 3-D living tissue for surgical use in patients...

  • Dec 4, 2015

    Fluorescent-glowing bacteria help scientists see inside the ‘dark places' news

    BetaBoston
    BetaBoston describes how Pam Silver and her team at the Wyss have rewired microbial DNA to give off a fluorescent glow, which allows scientists to track the death and reproduction of bacteria in the gut. This advance could help scientists analyze how antibiotics affect bacteria in our bodies, and gain a better understanding of what makes microorganisms thrive...

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