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  • Nov 6, 2015

    Powerful 'Gene Drive' Can Quickly Change An Entire Species news


    Listen: NPR's Morning Edition features Kevin Esvelt, Wyss Institute Technology Development Fellow, discussing gene drives and the ethical issues which surround this technique. Read the full story here...

  • Nov 4, 2015

    Everything you need to know about why CRISPR is such a hot technology news


    The Washington Post
    The Washington Post reports on the CRISPR technology, which they call "the most important innovation in the synthetic biology space in nearly 30 years," and names Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Church as one of the biggest names in the CRISPR world...

  • Nov 3, 2015

    Meet the Innovators Under 35 news


    MIT Technology Review
    Watch: Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Conor Walsh speaking at MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 program at EmTech. Walsh discusses the benefits of the lightweight, low power and soft wearable robots being developed by his team...

  • Oct 30, 2015

    Bye-Bye Blood Clots news


    Discover Magazine
    Researchers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute treated medical devices, such as catheters, with a special coating that repels the components of blood. The full story will be available in the December 2015 issue of Discover Magazine...

  • Oct 29, 2015

    Nature Is The Ultimate 3-D Printer: Can We Make Our New Manufacturing As Clean? news


    Fast Company
    Fast Company reports on the future of 3D printing and the importance of using common, safe, and recyclable materials to create 3D printed objects. Shrilk, the aluminum-strong, insect-inspired plastic developed by the Wyss, is named as an example of a bioinspired design material...

  • Oct 29, 2015

    US Scientists Call For National Initiative On Microbiome Research news


    Tech Times
    Forty-eight research experts from 50 different scientific organizations, including Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver, have called on the United States government to launch a cross-agency and cross-institutional program that will provide support for microbiome research...

  • Oct 29, 2015

    Watch a new drug-device combo in action news


    STAT: Morning Rounds
    The newsletter from STAT: Morning Rounds features the novel nanotherapeutics for clearing obstructed blood vessels being developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute and the University of Massachusetts New England Center for Stroke Research (NECSTR)...

  • Oct 28, 2015

    Harvard engineers develop swimming 'RoboBee' news


    Fox News
    Fox News reports on the the swimming Robobee, a microrobot smaller than a paperclip that flies and hovers like an insect and can now swim underwater....

  • Oct 28, 2015

    Bioinspired robotics #1: Swarm collectives, with Radhika Nagpal news

    Radhika Nagpal

    Robohub features the Wyss podcast episode on Bioinspired Robotics that spotlights Core Faculty member Radhika Nagpal’s work on swarm collectives and explores the challenges faced by women in the engineering and computer science fields...

  • Oct 22, 2015

    Robot bees fly and swim, soon they'll have laser eyes news

    How do you teach robotic insects to see? By equipping them with tiny laser-powered sensors that act as eyes, enabling the miniature machines to sense the size, shape and distance of approaching objects "Essentially, it's the same technology that automakers are using to ensure that driverless cars don't crash into things," says University at Buffalo computer scientist Karthik Dantu...


  • Oct 22, 2015

    Tiny 'RoboBees' Could Get Laser-Powered Vision news


    NBC News
    A tiny "RoboBee" bot may soon get laser-powered vision courtesy of the University at Buffalo. This ultra-light robot, a collaboration among multiple universities, is the same size as an actual insect and uses a similar technique to fly through the air or swim around underwater — but at the moment, it's blind...


  • Oct 22, 2015

    George Ledlie Prize awarded to Joanna Aizenberg news

    Joanna Aizenberg

    Harvard Gazette
    The Harvard Gazette announces that Wyss Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg has been awarded the George Ledlie Prize by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. At the Institute, Aizenberg explores the unique architectures found in living organisms and applies these design principles to the development of advanced materials and devices...

  • Oct 21, 2015

    Slick coating keeps steel clean and tough news


    When liquids stick to steel for long enough, the steel corrodes or becomes contaminated. Unfortunately, however, porous surface coatings that repel liquids also tend to make steel weaker … until now, that is. Scientists at Harvard University have recently discovered that their existing SLIPS (Slippery Liquid Porous Surfaces) technology not only causes liquids to roll right off, but it actually makes steel stronger...


  • Oct 20, 2015

    These Advances In Lab-Grown Organs Might Save Your Life One Day news

    pig transplant

    Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post explains how Wyss Core Faculty member George Church and his team have successfully removed a targeted group of viruses in the DNA of pig cells that make them unsuitable for human transplant, a feat that brings us one step closer to a limitless supply of safe, dependable organs primed for transplant...

  • Oct 20, 2015

    Bionic leaf helps sprout climate change discussions in D.C. news

    bionic leaf

    Harvard Gazette
    Harvard President Drew Faust recently spoke in Washington, D.C., at the State Department's Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, stating university research institutions must play a key role in developing solutions to climate change. In her talk, she cited the work of Wyss Core Faculty member Pamela Silver, who has developed a "bionic leaf" that converts solar energy into hydrogen...

  • Oct 17, 2015

    No pig in a poke news

    pig transplant

    The Economist
    The Economist explains advances in genetic engineering led by Wyss Core Faculty member George Church that allows a group of viruses embedded in porcine DNA that makes them unsuitable for human transplant to be eliminated...

  • Oct 16, 2015

    Novel Blood-Cleansing Device Could Save Millions From Septic Shock news


    The Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post describes advancements to the sepsis therapeutic device in development at the Wyss that quickly filters pathogens from blood. The article links to the latest episode of Disruptive, the monthly podcast from the Wyss Institute, in which Don Ingber, Founding Director, and Mike Super, Senior Staff Scientist, tell the story of the development of this device...

  • Oct 15, 2015

    Editing of Pig DNA May Lead to More Organs for People news

    pig transplant

    The New York Times
    The recent work with pig cells by Wyss Core Faculty member George Church and his team that uses the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique to remove the pathogens that make pig organs unsuitable for human transplant is described in The New York Times...

  • Oct 9, 2015

    The 2015 Innovation By Design Awards Winners: Fashion news

    Fast Company
    The "Wanderers" wearables collection by MIT Media Lab Mediated Matter Group, in collaboration with Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver, has been named 2015 Innovation By Design Winner for Fashion by Fast Company...

  • Oct 8, 2015

    Harvard startup promises progress in treating deadly sepsis news


    Boston Business Journal
    The Boston Business Journal describes Opsonix Inc., a new startup recently launched by the Wyss Institute that is intent on using an external device to clean the blood of patients with sepsis...

  • Oct 8, 2015

    WATCH: The Robotic Glove of the Future news

    soft robotic glove

    WGBH News
    The soft robotic glove developed by Wyss Core Faculty member Conor Walsh and his team is featured in a WGBH News video that highlights how this light and flexible device could start helping patients who suffer from ALS or muscular dystrophy in the next two or three years...

  • Oct 6, 2015

    Gene-editing record smashed in pigs news

    pig transplant

    Nature describes how Wyss Core Faculty member George Church and colleagues have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to inactivate 62 porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) in pig embryos. These viruses are embedded in all pigs’ genomes and cannot be treated or neutralized. It is feared that they could cause disease in human transplant recipients...

  • Oct 6, 2015

    Harvard technology could make open-heart surgery a thing of the past news

    fixing the heart

    Boston Business Journal
    The Boston Business Journal describes a catheter developed by a multitalented team including Wyss Core Faculty member Conor Walsh, that is able to fix holes in he heart using a biodegradable adhesive and patch. This new method is significantly less invasive than open-heart surgery...

  • Oct 6, 2015

    Student team engineers E. coli to adhere to colon cancer cells news

    Harvard students mentored by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Neel Joshi recently competed in iGEM, an international competition of genetically engineered machines. The team developed BactoGrip, which could represent a new treatment paradigm for colon cancer therapy. Read more...

  • Oct 6, 2015

    Futuristic Device Fixes Holes In The Heart Without Invasive Surgery news


    Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post describes a new medical device developed by a multi-talented team including Conor Walsh that uses an ultraviolet-light-enabled catheter to patch holes in tissue without invasive surgery...

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