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  • Nov 21, 2014

    Feel the noise news

    vibrating insoles

    IEEE Spectrum
    This illustration explains the concept behind the vibrating insoles being developed at the Wyss Institute called stocastic resonance - a counterintuitive phenomenon whereby noise strengthens a signal...

  • Nov 13, 2014

    Cells act like old tape recorders to monitor health news

    bacterial reporters

    New Scientist
    Building on Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver's work, E. coli bacteria have had their DNA hacked so they can store memories of their cellular environment. Other more complicated cells should be capable of the feat too, which could pave the way for cellular biographers that can be inserted into our bodies for the inside scoop on our health...

  • Nov 12, 2014

    Funding the next generation of scholars news

    Harvard Gazette
    The Amgen Scholars Program will bring students from around the world to gain experience in Harvard labs including labs affiliated with the Wyss Institute, Harvard Catalyst, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Broad Institute...

  • Nov 11, 2014

    Using DNA nanotechnology to cast arbitrarily shaped nanoparticles news

    DNA crystals

    Tech Investor News
    Metal or other inorganic nanoparticles of 20 to 30-nm scale can be cast in arbitrary 3D shapes and configurations dictated by stiff, atomically precise molds constructed using scaffold DNA origami...

  • Nov 11, 2014

    National Anti-Vivisection Society and International Foundation for Ethical Research Announce New Research Grants for Promising Young Investigators news

    Bryan Hassell

    SFGate Newspaper
    Bryan Hassell, a Ph.D. candidate working in Dr. Donald Ingber’s laboratory at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, has been selected to receive funding for his project, “Human Cancer-on-a-Chip as a Replacement for Animal Testing.” Bryan seeks to develop an organ-on-a-chip platform to determine how lung cancer cells respond to chemotherapy depending on their organ-specific microenvironment, as well as to identify new anticancer therapies...

  • Nov 11, 2014

    4 Of The Coolest Health Innovations Of The Year Came From The Military news

    soft exosuit

    Huffington Post
    Both the soft exosuit and biospleen developed at the Wyss are featured in the Huffington Post as two of the four coolest health innovations of the year that are funded by DARPA...

  • Nov 9, 2014

    10 big breakthroughs coming soon news

    organs on chips

    Boston Globe
    The Boston Globe names the Wyss Institute's organs on chips one of the 10 biggest breakthroughs coming soon to Longwood...

  • Nov 7, 2014

    'Big Hero 6' star Baymax was inspired by a real robot news

    big hero 6

    Mashable
    Wyss Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Siddharth Sanan's research in soft and inflatable robots is influencing the way robots are depicted in pop-culture...

  • Nov 4, 2014

    Vapor Drinks, Scent Messages And A Vibrating Orb Debut At Le Laboratoire In Cambridge news

    Le Lab Cambridge

    WBUR Artery
    Harvard University inventor David Edwards has been called a real-life Willy Wonka for creating futuristic food-related novelties, with a purpose. He developed Le Whif — an inhalable chocolate — and also a “scent message” device called the oPhone at his “culture lab” in Paris known as Le Laboratoire. Now the scientist is bringing his laboratory concept to Cambridge in his first U.S. outpost, and it includes an “innovation” bar and restaurant...

  • Nov 3, 2014

    Vibrating Shoes Restore Balance for Seniors news

    vibrating insoles

    IEEE Spectrum
    Some good vibrations in the shoes of elderly people could prevent potentially fatal falls in old age. In a new study, researchers show that imperceptible vibrations in shoe soles can improve balance for seniors—a technological breakthrough that could offset the usual decline in the human sense of touch and instinctive balance...

  • Nov 3, 2014

    Quicker Ebola Test Method In The Works news

    paper based diagnostic

    CBS Boston
    In an interview with CBS Boston, Wyss Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Keith Pardee talks about a new, field-able test that can detect Ebola without a fancy lab or special personnel. Watch...

  • Nov 3, 2014

    Announcing the 50 on Fire Finalists in Medicine & Healthcare news

    Jennifer Lewis

    BostInno
    Wyss Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis named a finalist on BostInno's list of '50 on Fire' in medicine and healthcare...

  • Nov 2, 2014

    Slippery When Coated: Helping Medical Devices Prevent Blood Clots news

    TLP coatingNPR
    NPR introduces a new super slippery coating that the Wyss Institute is developing to use in medical applications, such as to repel bacteria and prevent blood clotting...

  • Nov 1, 2014

    At a scientist’s cafe, food is the next frontier news

    Le Lab Cambridge

    Boston Globe
    Harvard University inventor David Edwards has been called a real-life Willy Wonka for creating futuristic food-related novelties, with a purpose. He developed Le Whif — an inhalable chocolate — and also a “scent message” device called the oPhone at his “culture lab” in Paris known as Le Laboratoire. Now the scientist is bringing his laboratory concept to Cambridge in his first U.S. outpost, and it includes an “innovation” bar and restaurant...

  • Nov 1, 2014

    Mentor Mike Super news

    Mike Super

    Harvard Catalyst
    Wyss Senior Staff Scientist Mike Super is featured on Harvard Catalyst for his dedication to empowering students through mentorship that fosters team science in clinical and translational research...

  • Oct 31, 2014

    Vibrating insoles could help prevent falls among seniors news

    vibrating insoles

    Gizmag
    Falls are the leading cause of death by injury amongst seniors, and those falls are in turn typically caused by poor balance or an irregular gait. A new study indicates that subtly-buzzing insoles may help seniors regain some of that lost sensation, and thus be less likely to fall down...

  • Oct 30, 2014

    Scientists store 700 TB of data on one gram of human DNA news

    data on DNA

    Digit News Desk
    Harvard scientists George Church and Sri Kosuri have successfully stored 700 TB of data on human DNA, breaking the old record by a thousand times...

  • Oct 29, 2014

    Army wants Soft Exoskeletons for 90% of the Soldiers news

    soft exosuit

    Next Big Future
    Wyss Institute researchers have spent the past two years developing a biologically inspired smart suit that aims to boost efficiency through a series of webbing straps that contain a microprocessor and a network of strain sensors...

  • 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

    New Pocket-Sized Blotter Test Can Detect Ebola Strains in Just 30 Minutes news

    paper based diagnostic

    Newsweek
    By manipulating the genetic machinery of cells and embedding them in the fine matrix of paper, a prototype Ebola test has been developed using just $20 of materials. Leading pioneer in the field of synthetic biology James Collins, who co-headed the teams leading the research at the Wyss Institute told Newsweek: "This is one of our biggest breakthroughs, one that I hope will have a positive impact, improving the lives of individuals worldwide." Read more...

  • Oct 28, 2014

    New Pocket-Sized Blotter Test Can Detect Ebola Strains in Just 30 Minutes news

    paper based diagnostic

    Newsweek
    Ebola strains can be detected in just 30 minutes outside of the lab by a test that uses pocket-sized slips of blotting paper, a pioneering study revealed today. By manipulating the genetic machinery of cells and embedding them in the fine matrix of paper, a prototype Ebola test has been developed using just $20 of materials....

  • 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

    Cheap, fast 'paper strip' test for Ebola, other infections, steps closer news

    paper based diagnostic

    Medical News Today
    Wyss Institute researchers working in the field of synthetic biology are bringing together science, engineering and computing to understand and copy the workings of biological life in new ways to achieve remarkable breakthroughs...

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