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  • Feb 22, 2015

    Five Ways Fractals Aren’t Just for Nature Anymore news

    Ary Goldberger

    Motherboard
    Wyss Core Faculty member Ary Goldberger may have discovered a way to diagnose heart problems by analyzing the "fractal-ness" of heartbeats across time. He found that heartbeats that are either too uniform or too irregular correspond to problems like congestive heart failure, while healthy heartbeats demonstrate fractal complexity. Goldberger believes that this complexity indicates a healthy ability to respond to stressors...

  • Feb 20, 2015

    Boston organ-on-a-chip startup gets renewed attention news

    organs on chips

    Boston Business Journal
    In an interview with Boston Business Journal, Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber outlines the rapid evolution of living human organs-on-chips and the recent nomination for the Design of the Year 2015 award by the Design Museum in London...

  • Feb 18, 2015

    Meet 'Homo chippiens', the human in a CHIP news

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    Daily Mail
    The human body is being recreated in miniature by growing tiny working organs on a series of plastic chips connected to each other. Scientists at the Wyss Institute, funded by the US Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health, are hoping to create a 'body on a chip' to mimic the way the human body works. They have already been able to grow fingertip sized lungs, guts and livers on the chips...

  • Feb 18, 2015

    An Artificial Leaf Process Makes Isopropyl Alcohol news

    bionic leaf

    New Energy and Fuel
    Wyss Institute researchers have created a system that uses bacteria to convert solar energy into the liquid fuel isopropanol. The work integrates an “artificial leaf,” which uses a catalyst to make sunlight split water into hydrogen and oxygen, with a bacterium engineered to convert carbon dioxide plus hydrogen into isopropanol...

  • Feb 17, 2015

    Biodefence researchers seek 'Homo chippiens' news

    organs on chips

    Nature
    Described in Nature, Wyss Institute researchers are adapting the bone marrow-on-a-chip to study the effects of harmful radiation and experimental remedies that cannot be tested on humans...

  • Feb 16, 2015

    3D vaccine could help fight cancer news

    3D vaccine

    Euronews
    Euronews describes a new method for fighting everything from cancer to ebola that Core Faculty member Dave Mooney developed using drug-infused nano-pores to attract human immune cells and activate their defensive response...

  • Feb 14, 2015

    Bionic Leaf Can Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel: Better Than Solar Cells? news

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    Tech Times
    Tech Times explains a new energy approach developed in part by Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver that utilizes bacteria to effectively convert sunlight into fuel, creating a synthesis of artificial technology and biology...

  • Feb 12, 2015

    New Non-Stick Coating Will Stop Bacteria Sticking to Medical Materials news

    iPDMS

    Gizmodo
    A team of researchers led by Wyss Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg has developed a powerfully non-stick material that can be used as a medical material that prevent the build up of biofilms—in turn also preventing the infections they can cause. The new material uses polymers that are infused with liquids that are naturally lubricating...

  • Feb 11, 2015

    Smart bandages in development at Brigham and Women's, Harvard news

    Ali Khademhosseini

    Boston Business Journal
    A multidisciplinary team including Wyss Institute Associate Faculty member Ali Khademhosseini is bringing together advances in sensors, biomaterials, tissue engineering, microsystems technology and microelectronics to create "smart bandages" for wounds that require ongoing care, such as burns, diabetic ulcers and bed sores...

  • Feb 11, 2015

    A Breakthrough in Artificial Photosynthesis news

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    Engineering.com
    Harvesting sunlight is a trick plants mastered more than a billion years ago, using solar energy to feed themselves from the air and water around them in the process we know as photosynthesis...

  • Feb 10, 2015

    With Bionic Leaf, Sunlight Becomes Liquid Fuel news

    Bionic Leaf

    Nature World News
    With a new design called the bionic leaf, a team of researchers including Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver have successfully found a way to turn sunlight into liquid fuel, potentially changing the game of renewable energy, new research shows...

  • Feb 9, 2015

    “Bionic Leaf” Makes Fuel from Sunlight news

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    Scientific American
    Here's a new way to make fuel from sunlight: starve a microbe nearly to death, then feed it carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced with the help of voltage from a solar panel...

  • Feb 9, 2015

    New 3D Vaccine the Cure to Cancer? news

    3D cancer vaccine

    Nature World News
    Nature World News describes a new cancer-fighting technique developed by Core Faculty member Dave Mooney and his team that involves reprogramming cells from inside the body to generate a powerful immune response against cancer...

  • Feb 9, 2015

    Bacteria Turn Sunlight to Liquid Fuel in 'Bionic Leaf' news

    Bionic Leaf

    NBC News
    NBC News describes how Core Faculty member Pam Silver has created a bionic leaf that uses bacteria to harvest solar energy, which can be stored as liquid fuel...

  • Jan 23, 2015

    3D Vaccine Spontaneously Assembles to Pack a Powerful Punch against Cancer, Infectious Diseases news

    Weaver 3D cancer vaccine

    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    NIBIB-funded researchers including Wyss Core Faculty member Dave Mooney have developed a novel 3D vaccine that could provide a more effective way to harness the immune system to fight cancer as well as infectious diseases. The vaccine spontaneously assembles into a scaffold once injected under the skin and is capable of recruiting, housing, and manipulating immune cells to generate a powerful immune response...

  • Jan 23, 2015

    Editor's Pick: Dynamical Glucometry news

    Ary Goldberger

    Chaos
    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 22, 2015

    Lab-bound bacteria could lead to 'safer' GM organismsPunch against Cancer, Infectious Diseases news

    Bacterial Factories

    New Scientist
    It's alien life, but it comes from Earth. For the first time, we've created bacteria that can survive only if they have access to substances that don't exist in nature...

  • Jan 21, 2015

    How do you prevent genetically modified organisms from jumping ship? news

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    Christian Science Monitor
    For two teams of researchers, the answer lies in significantly altering the genetic structure of those bacteria so that their biochemical machinery can't function without synthetic nutrients that only humans can supply...

  • Jan 21, 2015

    Kept on a leash news

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    Nature
    A vital dependence of genetically modified organisms on an artificial nutrient could be a means of preventing their escape into the environment...

  • Jan 21, 2015

    Scientists Work to Contain Modified Organisms to Labs news

    Bacterial factories

    The New York Times
    Could genetically modified bacteria escape from a laboratory or fermentation tank and cause disease or ecological destruction? This is not known to have occurred. But two groups of scientists reported on Wednesday that they had developed a complex technique to prevent it from happening...

  • Jan 21, 2015

    What President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative Might Include news

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    Xconomy
    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

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    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

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

    3D Printing

    Gizmodo
    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...

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