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  • Sep 24, 2015

    A Risk Management Plan for Lab Safety news


    Laboratory Equipment
    In Laboratory Equipment, Wyss Operations Director Mary Tolikas explains why implementing a proactive biosafety process to review all proposed biotechnology research and manage potential risks preemptively is critical at institutions like the Wyss where research and technology is developing at lightening speed...

  • Sep 21, 2015

    Le Laboratoire Cambridge Explores "The Trouble with Jellyfish" news

    Boston Magazine
    The interdisciplinary exhibit, which explores issues in ocean biodiversity, features a tank full of live moon jellies, a hypoxia-simulation chamber, jellyfish-infused cupcakes, and more... 

  • Sep 18, 2015

    A Portable Blood Cleanser for Treating Sepsis news

    3D printing

    MIT Technology Review
    MIT Technology Review describes advancements to the sepsis therapeutic device in development at the Wyss that quickly filters pathogens from blood, offering hope for the 18 million reported cases of sepsis in the world each year... 

  • Sep 14, 2015

    Printing transparent glass in 3-D news

    3d printing

    MIT News
    The technology behind 3-D printing — which initially grew out of work at MIT — has exploded in recent years to encompass a wide variety of materials, including plastics and metals. Simultaneously, the cost of 3-D printers has fallen sufficiently to make them household consumer items...

  • Sep 14, 2015

    This Plastic Chip Is Changing Medicine news


    Fast Company
    They may look like simple chunks of plastic to the average person, but to a drug researcher they could be the key to transforming the notoriously expensive and inefficient process of bringing new medicines to market...

  • Sep 4, 2015

    How 3-D Printing Glass Could Lead To Some Wild Architecture news

    Neri Oxman and her team at the MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Group, along with the MIT Glass Lab and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, recently unveiled G3DP, a 3-D printer for glass...

  • Sep 4, 2015

    Tattoos to 3D printing: five inventions that will revolutionise healthcare news


    The Guardian
    The Guardian lists five inventions that will revolutionize healthcare, including biological 3D printing developed by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis.

  • Sep 3, 2015

    Harvard invents injectable gel that could eradicate cancer news


    Boston Business Journal
    Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute could have a new treatment for cancer thanks to an injectable gel that teaches the body’s immune system to recognize cancer cells. The work was undertaken by Wyss faculty member David Mooney, a bioengineering professor at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in collaboration with researchers at Dana-Farber...

  • Sep 3, 2015

    An invention from these college kids could help diagnose diseases earlier than ever news

    biomod team

    The Cooperative Molecular Biosensor, a device that can detect viruses and diseases, was designed by a group of Australian students during last year's biomolecular design competition, BIOMOD, organized by the Wyss Institute. The team is now refining this invention, which could help diagnose diseases earlier than ever... 

  • Sep 3, 2015

    Breathing Termite Mounds news

    R&D Magazine
    Discovered by Core Faculty member L. Mahadevan and his team, the remarkable method that termites use to ventilate their mounds by harnessing the oscillating temperature outside is described in R&D Magazine.

  • Sep 3, 2015

    Harvard invents injectable gel that could eradicate cancer news


    Boston Business Journal
    Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute could have a new treatment for cancer thanks to an injectable gel that teaches the body’s immune system to recognize cancer cells... 

  • Sep 1, 2015

    Next Gen Researchers news


    Harvard Medical School
    Wyss Senior Staff Scientist Mike Super and his team mentored undergraduate student Amina Rahimi as part of the Harvard Catalyst Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program. For 10 weeks, this program immerses students in clinical and translational research. At the Wyss Institute, Rahimi’s work focused on investigating biomarkers for sepsis.... 

  • Aug 28, 2015

    Video Friday: Mini Surgical Robot, Precision Drones, and Bioinspired Robotics at Harvard news


    VIDEO: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) shares a video from the Wyss Institute, "Bioinspired Robotics: Softer, Smarter, Safer," as part of Video Friday. 

  • Aug 27, 2015

    Jellyfish Set to Take Over Kendall Square Culture Lab at Upcoming Contemporary Art Installation news


    Andover Patch
    Le Laboratoire Cambridge (Le Lab), a one-of-a-kind culture lab exploring the intersection of art and science through exhibitions, public programing, and radical culinary cuisine, announces The Trouble with Jellyfish, designed by contemporary artist Mark Dion in collaboration with marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin. This exhibition, opening to the public on Friday, September 18th, 2015, offers a cultural immersion into the stunning world of the jellyfish...

  • Aug 26, 2015

    New Scientist news

    soft robotic glove

    New Scientist
    Robots mimicking the jumping water strider were recently developed by researchers at Seoul National University and Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The work on mosquitoes could also inspire insect-like robots and waterproof materials, the team says...

  • Aug 22, 2015

    MIT unveils 3D printing with glass breakthrough news

    3D printing

    Earlier this week, MIT unveiled a method it calls G3DP that allows the creation of complex 3D glass structures to be "printed" in a similar fashion to plastic constructs, developed by a team including the MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter group, the MIT Glass Lab, the Wyss Institute and MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department...

  • Aug 21, 2015

    Soft robotics aims to mitigate the flaws of hard robots news

    soft robotic glove

    Popular Mechanics
    The Harvard Biodesign Lab’s soft-robotic glove can assist the disabled and let patients replicate physical therapy exercises at home. Conor Walsh, founder of the lab, says such wearable uses suit soft robots well. His group also designs surgical devices, such as retractors, that manipulate tissue while minimising trauma...

  • Aug 20, 2015

    Team Designs Robots to Build Things in Messy, Unpredictable Situations news


    MIT Technology Review
    Researchers, including Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Radhika Nagpal, are designing robots to function outside of ideal, predictable environments such as warehouses or factories and instead work in places where there may be unexpected obstructions, and where predictive algorithms can’t be used to plan several thousand steps ahead... 

  • Aug 19, 2015

    A bridge for promising research news

    Harvard Gazette
    Described in the Harvard Gazette, two Wyss Core Faculty members have received Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator grants that will help advance their work towards translation. Neel Joshi will attempt to engineer probiotic bacteria to deliver therapeutics for gastrointestinal disease directly to the gut, avoiding unwanted systemic effects. Peng Yin will develop a diagnostic platform to quickly and accurately detect circulating tumor DNA in blood, providing a new, noninvasive tool for cancer diagnosis.

  • Aug 19, 2015

    Researchers develop PDMS elastomers that could have cosmetics application news

    Cosmetics Design Europe
    A team of polymer physicists and chemists including Wyss Associate Faculty member David Weitz has developed a way to create an ultra–soft yet dry silicone rubber that although is intended for medical use, could also be of interest to the cosmetics industry...

  • Aug 14, 2015

    Video Friday: Erica the Android, Autonomous Drifting, and Birds Don't Like Drones news

    IEEE Spectrum
    The three part episode of the Wyss Institute's podcast on Bioinspired Robotics is featured on IEEE Spectrum. This episode features chats with Radhika Nagpal on swarm robotics, Robert Wood on popup and soft robotics, and Conor Walsh on wearable robotics. Listen now...

  • Aug 13, 2015

    Drive Safely news


    BioCentury reports on the parallel publication of a 27-author Science policy forum article and kickoff of a National Academy of Sciences taskforce last month which signal a focused effort by the scientific community to outline the risks of CRISPR-based gene drive and develop safeguards against its misuse. Kevin Esvelt, who is an author on the Science article, a panelist on the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee and a technology development fellow at the Wyss, is quoted throughout the article... 

  • Aug 13, 2015

    Google Already Consulted With Top Geneticist on Mosquito Project, Hinting at Next Alphabet Moonshot news

    Alphabet, Google’s new holding company and moonshot incubator, may soon take a crack at a longtime obsession of biological researchers: Deploying genetically modified mosquitoes to fight disease using CRISPR, which is a powerful gene-editing technique developed by Wyss Core Faculty member George Church...

  • Aug 12, 2015

    Insect-inspired robot can jump on water better than you can on land news

    Biologically inspired engineering was the driving force behind the latest collaboration between Harvard’s Wyss Institute and Seoul National University: a tiny robot that not only can move across the surface of water, but jump on it with the same force and speed that it does on land....

  • Aug 12, 2015

    Scientist: I’m going to code a film into DNA news

    Wyss Core Faculty member George Church is attempting to code the 1902 French silent film "A Trip of the Moon" onto an unusual, denser type of genetic material known as "unnatural DNA." This film is believed by many to be the first science-fiction movie ever made...

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