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  • Jan 23, 2015

    Editor's Pick: Dynamical Glucometry news

    Ary Goldberger

    An article authored by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Ary Goldberger and colleagues has been selected as an Editor's Pick in the prestigious journal Chaos, an interdisciplinary publication of the American Institute of Physics. The article, "Dynamical Glucometry: Use of Multiscale Entropy Analysis in Diabetes,” introduces a practical new approach to diagnostic and therapeutic assessment of the disease by applying the advanced computational methods that the team developed. 

  • Jan 21, 2015

    What President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative Might Include news

    organs on chips

    Xconomy suggests that the NIH will likely drive the advance of tissues-on-chips this year in order to support the Precision Medicine Initiative that President Obama launched in his 2015 State of the Union speech. The article mentions the Wyss Institute startup, Emulate, which is making a lung-on-a-chip and already has designs for an integrated human body-on-a-chip.

  • Jan 19, 2015

    Working toward nonsurgical pet sterilization news

    Michelson Award

    Boston Globe
    The Boston Globe describes how Wyss Core Faculty member Dave Mooney is working to adapt the technique he is using to recognize and kill cancer cells in order to develop an effective sterilization vaccine for cats and dogs...

  • Jan 19, 2015

    The man who built organs on chips news

    Don Ingber

    Cosmos Magazine
    Australia-based Cosmos Magazine profiles the life and work of Wyss Founding Director Don Ingber as a disruptive influencer whose radiating, can-do attitude has fueled his track record in setting off scientific revolutions...

  • Jan 8, 2015

    Making Evolution Make Microbes Make Products news

    e. coli

    Scientific American
    Scientific American explains how synthetic biologists at the Wyss Institute have developed a system that gets microbes to produce chemicals dramatically faster and more efficiently by using “rounds of evolution” that eliminate unproductive bacteria each time. This technique could work to produce for a wide variety of useful compounds, which might make vats of modified bacteria the future leaders of commercial chemical manufacturing.

  • Jan 6, 2015

    How drones and insects merged in ways that might surprise you news


    Fox News
    Fox News features the tiny robot construction crews built by Wyss Core Faculty member Radhika Nagpal and her team called TERMES, which may grow up to be invaluable team players when disaster strikes...

  • Jan 6, 2015

    This $9K Machine Could Usher in the Era of 3D-Printed Electronics news

    3D Printing

    The technology that would enable us to 3D-print electronics along with the circuits that make them work has been around for a while, but a team of Harvard researchers just announced a new 3D-printer that could change the game. Soon, you could 3D print a drone in your living room—which is insane...

  • Jan 5, 2015

    iRobot Corporation's Robotic Hand Could Be a Game Changer news

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    The Motley Fool
    The Motley Fool describes the significance of the iHY robotic hand developed by a team including Wyss Institute Associate Faculty member Rob Howe. The iHY triumphs over other robotic arms because it can perform a variety of unexpected tasks in unpredictable environments without any special programming.

  • Jan 5, 2015

    30 Under 30: The Entrepreneurs Making Healthcare Digital news

    Evan Daugharthy

    Forbes Magazine has named Wyss Institute Graduate Student Evan Daugharthy one of the "30 Under 30" brightest entrepreneurs that are making Healthcare digital. Working in the lab of Core Faculty member George Church, Daugharthy invented a new method of RNA sequencing. Last summer, he cofounded a research company called ReadCoor to commercialize the technology to create a new generation of diagnostic tests that will help explain complex biological problems that impact human disease. Read more...

  • Jan 5, 2015

    Harvard researchers unveil 3D electronics printer news

    3D Printing

    Harvard researchers have announced a 3D printer capable of printing both thermoplastics and highly conductive silver inks that allow electronic products to be created on one process. The printer will be sold by Voxel8, a company co-founded by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis...

  • Jan 5, 2015

    The Internet of Anything: The 3-D Printer That Can Spit Out Custom Electronics news

    3D Printing

    Wired describes a state of the art 3D printer that has been developed by Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis and her team that uses conductive inks to print ready to use consumer electronics...

  • Jan 5, 2015

    Measuring Electrical Resistance in Organs-on-Chips news

    organs on chips

    Lab on a Chip Blog
    In the Lab on a Chip Blog, Wyss Postdoctoral Fellow Andries van der Meer describes the method his team developed to accurately measure electrical resistance of cell layers in organs-on-chips, which is of great biomedical importance due to the many barriers that make up the human body...

  • Jan 2, 2015

    Researchers Create Artificial Organs That Fit In Your Hand news

    organs on chips

    Made possible by pioneering work at the Wyss Institute, researchers at Johns Hopkins are using the gut-on-a-chip to find drugs to treat diarrheal diseases – a feat that was previously unattainable using animal models. Listen to the discussion on NPR

  • Dec 31, 2014

    “Survival of the Most Productive” Tactic Boosts Output of Engineered Bacteria news

    bacterial factories

    Genetic Enginnering & Biotechnology News
    Demonstrating that nature is no redder in tooth and claw than is industry, scientists have imposed a ruthless scheme of negative selection upon genetically engineered bacteria. The scheme effectively culls laggards from the microbial herd, leaving it, in a sense, fitter—so much fitter, in fact, that surviving bacteria show up to 30-fold increases in chemical output...

  • Dec 31, 2014

    New methods lead to discoveries in rare heart disease, post-stent vessel changes news

    heart disease on a chip

    American Heart Association
    Developed by a team including Core Faculty member Kit Parker, the heart disease-on-a-chip was named one of the Top Cardiovascular Disease Research Advances in 2014 by the American Heart Association...

  • Dec 25, 2014

    Harvard Professor George Church and the future of genomics news

    Gene Drives

    In BetaBoston, Core Faculty member George Church discusses how his Personal Genome Project will advance genetic research, why he thinks we should all get our genome sequenced, and the CRISPR Gene Drive system that has the potential to wipe out malaria...

  • Dec 20, 2014

    Just Press Print news

    3D bioprinting

    National Geographic
    A team of Harvard University researchers led by Wyss Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis has printed living tissue interlaced with blood vessels—a crucial step toward one day transplanting human organs printed from a patient’s own cells...

  • Dec 19, 2014

    Cooperative ‘bots’ don't need a boss news

    self-organizing robots

    Science Magazine
    Robots are getting better all the time at working with humans, but this year two teams led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Radhika Nagpal demonstrated that these machines can also work together, without human supervision...

  • Dec 10, 2014

    University of Toronto, Harvard collaborate on substance to repel blood clots and bacteria news

    TLP coating

    University of Toronto
    Engineering a surface that is so slippery even geckos can't stick to it may sound like a fun science fair project. But new surface-coating technology developed by materials science and engineering professor Ben Hatton, together with colleagues at Harvard University's Wyss Institute, does just that - and its slick properties have the potential to save lives...

  • Dec 1, 2014

    Building a Paper Gene Circuit news

    paper based diagnostic

    BU Today
    The first case of the Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa appeared in Guinea in December 2013. But it wasn’t until March 22, 2014, that scientists finally confirmed the virus as Ebola. By that point, 49 people had already died...

  • Nov 30, 2014

    Tool to edit DNA revolutionizing research in Boston area news


    Boston Globe
    In just two years, scientists have discovered how to repurpose the simple virus-shredding technique used by bacteria in more complicated creatures, a feat that is now revolutionizing research across the Boston area and beyond...

  • Nov 25, 2014

    Harvard researchers study how towering termite mounds breathe news

    L. Mahadevan

    Boston Globe
    Towering termite mounds are a monumental construction project for the tiny and rather unsophisticated insects, but their purpose has long mystified biologists. A team including Wyss Institute Core Faculty member L. Mahadevan has recently learned how termite mounds breathe and is seeking practical applications for this insight...

  • 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...

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