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  • Aug 7, 2014

    When cooperation counts news

    Harvard Gazette
    Everybody knows the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and now Harvard researchers have evidence that sperm have been taking the familiar axiom to heart. Though competition among individual sperm is usually thought to be intense, with each racing for the chance to fertilize the egg, Harvard scientists including Wyss Institute Core Faculty member L. Mahadevan say that in some species, sperm form cooperative groups that allow them to take a straighter path to potential fertilization. Read more...

  • Aug 7, 2014

    Origami Inspires Rise of Self-Folding Robot news

    The New York Times
    An intricately cut sheet lies flat and motionless on a table. Then Samuel Felton, a graduate student at Harvard, connects the batteries, sending electricity coursing through, heating it. The sheet lurches to life, the pieces bending and folding into place. The transformation completes in four minutes, and the sheet, now a four-limbed robot, scurries away at more than two inches a second. Read more...

  • Aug 7, 2014

    An out of body experience news

    The Pharmaceutical Journal
    Pioneering work in the United States to create organs-on-chips could revolutionise the future of drug development...

  • Aug 5, 2014

    Cheap and compact medical testing: Researchers develop simple detector news
    Researchers in Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Whitesides' lab have devised an inexpensive medical detector that costs a fraction of the price of existing devices, and can be used in poor settings around the world...

  • Aug 4, 2014

    Cheap and compact medical testing news

    Harvard Gazette
    Researchers in Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Whitesides' lab have devised an inexpensive medical detector that costs a fraction of the price of existing devices, and can be used in poor settings around the world. The health device is designed to monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, and perform tests that are currently done by machines that cost tens of thousands of dollars. After working on it for nearly three years, the team has turned the device over to entrepreneurs interested in commercializing the technology...

  • Aug 1, 2014

    Local Innovators Team Up to Bring a New Restaurant Concept to Cambridge news

    This September, Kendall Square will become home to one of the most innovative new restaurants in the city. Restaurant superstars Chef Patrick Campbell (Eastern Standard, No. 9 Park), expert Mixologist Todd Maul (Clio) and General Manager Tom Mastricola (Commonwealth) are teaming up with the Cambridge-based WikiFoods think tank, led by Harvard Professor David Edwards, to change the way the world thinks about food and sustainability...

  • Jul 29, 2014

    NanoString Technologies Introduces New Universal Junction Probe Design for Detecting Gene Fusions news

    The Wall Street Journal
    NanoString Technologies, Inc., a provider of life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products, today announced that it has expanded the capabilities of its nCounter Elements(TM) General Purpose Reagents (GPRs) with the addition of a universal junction probe design that offers specific detection and analysis of known fusion genes...

  • Jul 28, 2014

    One to Watch: Interviews with Inspiring Kiwis, Dr. Charles Reilly news

    One To Watch
    One To Watch profiles biomedial animator Charles Reilly. At the Wyss Institute, Reilly develops biologically inspired animations and leverages computer visualization tools to deepen scientific understanding...

  • Jul 22, 2014

    Mouse sperm parties make for straight swimmers news

    Science News
    A combined mathematical and experimental study of coordinated sperm movement led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member L. Mahadevan reveals the importance of geometry, motion and group size on sperm velocity and suggests how these physical variables interact with evolutionary selective pressures to regulate cooperation in competitive environments...

  • Jul 22, 2014

    Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes news

    Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. They even ran glucose tests on artificial urine and anemia tests on blood, all with the samples sitting inside bubble wrap...

  • Jul 17, 2014

    Bubble wrap used for cheap blood and bacteria tests news

    bubble wrapNew Scientist
    New Scientist explains how Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Whitesides and his team use bubble wrap as a low-cost diagnostic tool...

  • Jul 17, 2014

    Harvard scientists want gene-manipulation debate news

    gene drivesThe Boston Globe
    Boston Globe reports on “gene drives” -- a potential new way to solve global ecological problems caused by wild populations, such as invasive species. Wyss Institute Technology Development Fellow Kevin Esvelt, Core Faculty member George Church, and others launch public conversation...

  • Jul 17, 2014

    U.S. researchers call for greater oversight of powerful genetic technology news

    Science Magazine
    Scientists have outlined what they think needs to be done about an emerging technology called gene drive, which involves stimulating biased inheritance of particular genes to alter entire populations of organisms...

  • Jul 17, 2014

    Genetic Engineering to the Rescue Against Invasive Species? news

    National Geographic
    Genes for swatting tiger mosquitoes, defanging brown tree snakes, and deporting Asian carp, all nasty invasive species, sound like a swell idea. But the latest idea in eradication—genetic engineering—poses its own risks, warn biotechnology experts...

  • Jul 17, 2014

    A Call to Fight Malaria One Mosquito at a Time by Altering DNA news

    The New York Times
    In papers published Thursday in the journals Science and eLife, scientists and policy experts propose fighting malaria in a new way: by genetically engineering the mosquitoes themselves....

  • Jul 17, 2014

    Protect Society from Our Inventions, Say Genome-Editing Scientists news

    MIT Technology Review
    Scientists working at the cutting-edge of genetics say one possible application of a powerful new technology called genome editing has the potential to cause ecological mayhem and needs attention from regulators...

  • Jul 17, 2014

    “Gene Drives” And CRISPR Could Revolutionize Ecosystem Management news

    Scientific American
    Genome engineering technologies have revolutionized genetics, biotechnology, and medical research. We may soon be able to alter not just domesticated species, but entire wild populations and ecosystems...

  • Jul 17, 2014

    Genetically Engineering Almost Anything news

    A new technology developed by a team led by Kevin Esvelt and George Church has the potential to wipe out diseases, turn back evolutionary clocks, and reengineer entire ecosystems, for better or for worse...

  • Jul 16, 2014

    The war on superbugs news

    Science News for Students
    Science News for Students explains how Wyss Institute Core Faculty member James Collins and his team are creating phages that may help antibiotics work against even resistant bacteria...

  • Jul 16, 2014

    Bubble wrap serves as sheet of tiny test tubes in resource-limited regions news

    R&D Magazine
    George Whitesides and colleagues explain that although bubble wrap filled with biological samples, like blood or urine, or chemicals would have to be handled carefully, the material offers numerous advantages for those living in resource-limited areas...

  • Jul 15, 2014

    New potential way to control spread of insect-borne disease news

    Science Daily
    A cross-disciplinary team led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Church and Wyss Institute Technology Development Fellow Kevin Esvelt is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called 'gene drives.' The advance could potentially lead to powerful new ways of combating malaria and other insect-borne diseases, controlling invasive species and promoting sustainable agriculture...

  • Jul 15, 2014

    Vapor Communications Unveils Design of the oPhone UNO news

    Boston Business Journal
    Since the alpha launch of the oPhone, led by Harvard Professor David Edwards, over 10,000 oNotes have been created, sent, and received around the world using the alpha version of the company's oSnap application via the Apple Store...

  • Jul 15, 2014

    Vapor Communications Unveils Design of the oPhone UNO news

    Following the introduction of scent-based messaging with the oPhone DUO, Vapor Communications - a technology company founded in part by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Edwards - is excited to announce the design of the oPhone UNO...

  • Jul 10, 2014

    Harvard Researchers Develop a Replacement for Balsa Wood news

    Architect Magazine
    A recent development by researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute and its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) reveals the sophisticated manipulation of inorganic substances to mimic the performance of a living material...

  • Jul 7, 2014

    Lifesaving tech: 3D-printed blood vessels news

    Fox News
    In this Fox Business video, Wyss Institute Associate Faculty member Ali Khademhosseini explains a recent breakthrough that has enabled scientists to 3D print tiny blood vessels in organs...

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