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  • Oct 29, 2014

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

    SLIPS

    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

    SLIPS

    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...

  • Oct 28, 2014

    Army evaluates DARPA's futuristic soft exosuit news

    soft exosuit

    United States Army
    Researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering spent the past two years developing a biologically inspired smart suit that aims to boost efficiency through a new approach. A series of webbing straps contain a microprocessor and a network of strain sensors...

  • Oct 28, 2014

    Harvard prof develops fast, cheap prototype Ebola test news

    paper based diagnostic

    Bloomberg Businessweek
    A Harvard researcher and his team have developed a prototype Ebola test that could detect the virus in 30 minutes and cost less than $1 to reproduce...

  • Oct 27, 2014

    10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Reality news

    self folding robot

    Gizmodo
    Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are already here...

  • Oct 26, 2014

    Prototype paper test can detect Ebola strains news

    paper based diagnostic

    UK Wired News
    DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence...

  • Oct 26, 2014

    Prototype paper test can detect Ebola strains news

    paper based diagnostic

    BBC News
    DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence...

  • Oct 25, 2014

    This slip of paper can detect the ebola virus in less than an hour news

    paper based diagnostic

    Digital Trends
    What if we could detect the Ebola virus the same way we test for pregnancy? A collaboration of researchers have found a way to make simple paper-based infection and virus detection a reality...

  • Oct 24, 2014

    Scientists Print Ebola Test Onto Tiny Bits Of Paper news

    paper based diagnostic

    IFL Science
    It may look humble, but that tiny piece of filter paper pictured above is a portable diagnostics laboratory condensed into a pocket-sized strip. The technology is currently being developed by scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute as a cheap and easy way to detect a wide range of infections or medically important molecules such as glucose...

  • Oct 24, 2014

    This Paper Ticket Holds A Tiny Biological Machine news

    paper based diagnostic

    Popular Science
    The paper ticket you see pictured above is actually a little biology machine. It's a gene circuit stored on a slip of paper. To turn the gene circuit on, you simply wet the paper with a dropper and all of its microscopic components will come to life...

  • Oct 24, 2014

    Synthetic Biologists Create Paper-Based Diagnostic for Ebola news

    paper based diagnostic

    MIT Technology Review
    James Collins, a synthetic biologist at Boston University and Wyss Institute Core Faculty member, says he’s been able to print the ingredients for simple DNA experiments on paper, freeze dry them, and use them as much as a year later. It could lead to cheap diagnostic tests for viruses like Ebola...

  • Oct 24, 2014

    Synthetic Biologists Create Paper-Based Diagnostic for Ebola news

    paper based diagnostic

    MIT Technology Review
    James Collins, a synthetic biologist at Boston University and Wyss Institute Core Faculty member, says he’s been able to print the ingredients for simple DNA experiments on paper, freeze dry them, and use them as much as a year later. It could lead to cheap diagnostic tests for viruses like Ebola...

  • Oct 24, 2014

    Biological litmus paper detects Ebola strains news

    paper based diagnostic

    New Scientist
    Discs of souped-up filter paper could change how we diagnose infections. To demonstrate the power of the approach, which involves embedding DNA from jellyfish and other organisms into paper, its developers have successfully used it to identify two strains of Ebola...

  • Oct 23, 2014

    Large 3D nanostructures built from Lego-like DNA bricks news

    DNA crystals

    Gizmag
    The very same building blocks that make us have been successfully programmed to form 32 differently-shaped crystal structures...

  • Oct 23, 2014

    Next Generation: Freeze-Dried Gene Networks news

    paper based diagnostic

    The Scientist
    Researchers devise a way to preserve bits of paper containing synthetic gene networks, which can be easily stored and widely distributed. Rehydrated, transcription and translation “come to life”...

  • Oct 23, 2014

    Paper-based synthetic gene networks could enable rapid detection of ebola and other viruses news

    paper based diagnostic

    Science Daily
    Synthetic gene networks hold great potential for broad biotechnology and medical applications, but so far they have been limited to the lab. A study reveals a new method for using engineered gene circuits beyond the lab, allowing researchers to safely activate the cell-free, paper-based system by simply adding water. The low-cost, easy-to-use platform could enable the rapid detection of different strains of deadly viruses such as Ebola...

  • Oct 23, 2014

    Paper-based synthetic gene networks could enable rapid detection of Ebola and other viruses news

    paper based diagnostic

    Phys.org
    Synthetic gene networks hold great potential for broad biotechnology and medical applications, but so far they have been limited to the lab...

  • Oct 21, 2014

    Artificial Spleen 'Cleans' Blood of Pathogens news

    biospleenSingularity Hub
    The microfluidic biospleen that Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber’s team showed was more than 90% effective in removing bacteria and viruses from blood is described on Singularity Hub...

  • Oct 20, 2014

    Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream news

    DNA crystals

    e! Science News
    DNA has garnered attention for its potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, biology, and more...

  • Oct 19, 2014

    Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream news

    DNA crystals

    Science Daily
    For the last 20 years, scientists have tried to design large DNA crystals with precisely prescribed depth and complex features -- a design quest just fulfilled by scientists. The Wyss Institute team led by Core Faculty member Peng Yin built 32 DNA crystals with precisely-defined depth and an assortment of sophisticated three-dimensional features...

  • Oct 17, 2014

    American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist news

    Le Laboratoire CambridgeWired
    In his editorial in Wired Magazine, Wyss Core Faculty member David Edwards explains the importance of culture labs such as Le Laboratoire Cambridge to create a multidisciplinary environment for learning and discovery that reflects the contemporary circumstances of life in America....

  • Oct 16, 2014

    New molecular probe tracks cellular forces news

    molecular probe

    Nanowerk
    A Wyss Institute team has engineered a new class of cell traction force probes consisting of single strands of DNA shaped as hairpins of different lengths and DNA sequences...

  • Oct 15, 2014

    Carnivorous Plant Inspires Anticlotting Medical Devices news

    TLP coatingScientific American
    By copying aspects of the slick surfaces of insect-catching pitcher plants, researchers at the Wyss Institute created tubes that can carry blood without promoting the formation of blood clots or bacterial attachment...

  • Oct 14, 2014

    Le Laboratoire Cambridge To Explore Vocal Vibrations With Debut Exhibit news

    Le Lab Cambridge

    Reuters
    Le Laboratoire Cambridge, a one-of-a-kind art and design center for creativity, invention and discovery, will open in Cambridge on October 31 with Vocal Vibrations, an exhibit in which carefully crafted music and specially designed objects promote new ways of exploring vocal vibrations in health and meditation...

  • Oct 13, 2014

    Surface coating for medical devices prevents blood clotting and bacterial infections news

    TLP coatingGizmag
    Our bodies have evolved to be pretty good at dealing with incursions by foreign objects and bacteria. Usually, that's a positive thing, but it can spell trouble for medical devices, such as replacement joints, cardiac implants and dialysis machines, which increase the risk of blood clots and bacterial infection. Now researchers at Harvard University have developed a surface coating that smooths the way for medical devices to do their job inside the human body...

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