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  • May 18, 2015

    Category winners of the Design Museum's Designs of the Year are out news

    It's Nice That
    The Design Museum in London has named Human Organs-on-Chips the winner of the product category in the 2015 Design of the Year Awards. The microfluidic chips developed at the Wyss Institute use living human cells that mimic the complex tissue structures and functions of entire organs, aiming to help advance the creation of personalized medicines and aid drug discovery with lower development costs... 

  • May 16, 2015

    Design Museum announces Designs of the Year 2015 category winners news

    Creative Review
    The Design Museum has announced the category winners in its 2015 Designs of the Year awards. The list features some brilliantly inventive projects, including the Wyss Institute's Human Organs-on-Chips, who won the product category award... 

  • May 16, 2015

    Designs of the Year 2015 category winners announced news

    Dezeen Magazine
    Summarized in Dezeen Magazine, Human Organs-on-Chips, Google's self-driving car, and a proposal for clearing plastic waste from the world's oceans are among the category winners for this year's Design of the Year 2015 award...  

  • May 14, 2015

    Changing the way genomes work news

    Wyss podcast

    Harvard Gazette
    The Harvard Gazette highlights the inaugural episode of the Wyss podcast, in which Core Faculty Pam Silver and George Church explore the changes that can be made to an organism's genome. Listen now... 

  • May 10, 2015

    11 Super-Cool Science Photos From The Past Decade news

    Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post’s selection of iconic science photos from the past decade features an electron microscope image by Wyss Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg... 

  • May 8, 2015

    2015 Game Changers news

    David Edwards

    The Boston Globe
    These 51 innovative people and organizations including Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Edwards, did extraordinary things last year, reshaping the way we live and work. View the Boston Globe's complete list of 2015 Game Changers...

  • May 8, 2015

    Robots and other cool tech highlights news


    The Boston Globe
    Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Edwards offers a simple solution to the problem of waste from food packaging: Just eat the wrapping. Edwards is behind a company called WikiFoods, whose “pearls” filled with Stonyfield frozen yogurt helped earn them a spot on the Boston Globe's list of 2015 Game Changers that are reshaping the way we live and work...

  • May 4, 2015

    Novel hydrogel jabs to deliver drugs news

    alginate hydrogels

    Press Trust of India
    Press Trust of India explains how the new biocompatible hydrogel developed by Wyss Core Faculty members Neel Joshi and Dave Mooney can be used to deliver cells or drugs to specific places in the body, such as a location that has suffered a wound or has been invaded by a tumour. This robust hydrogel presents a practical platform for long-term, stable encapsulation of bioactive materials... 

  • May 4, 2015

    Click Chemistry Gels, Forms Cell-Coddling Ooze news

    alginate hydrogels

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
    A new kind of hydrogel developed by Wyss Core Faculty members Neel Joshi and Dave Mooney promises to ensnare cells and bioactive molecules in a mesh that is both safe and strong. This hydrogel is a "click alginate," and may have a range of drug-delivery, cell culture, and tissue-engineering applications... 

  • May 3, 2015

    This Technology Could Revolutionize How Electronics Are Made news

    3D Printing

    The Motley Fool
    The design implications and value of Voxel8, the world's first 3D electronics printer invented by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis is discussed on the Motley Fool... 

  • Apr 30, 2015

    Building a Full-Blown Human Body-on-a-Chip news


    Discover Magazine
    Discover Magazine describes how researchers at the Wyss have successfully combined two different pairs of organs-on-chips using a device called the Interrogator, which analyzes how the chips work together... 

  • Apr 16, 2015

    Smell-o-phone creator expands scent ambitions to books, clothes, wearables news

    Le Whaf

    Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Edwards has turned his attention to fantastical experiments which fuse art and science, including a hard-to-define experimental workspace and gallery in Paris and a tabletop device that emits the scents of food and coffee when someone sends it a digital message... 

  • Apr 10, 2015

    How to make Chamber of Commerce relevant to innovation sector news

    The Boston Globe
    In the Boston Globe, inviting entrepreneurs, chief executives, and investors from Europe and the Middle East to visit the Wyss Institute and schmooze with local venture capitalists, angels, and private equity investors is mentioned as one way to make the Chamber of Commerce relevant to the innovation sector... 

  • Apr 9, 2015

    Science and Art Shape the Future of Boston news

    art science interface

    SciArt in America
    The fusion of science, art, technology, and design that is thriving in Boston, at the Wyss Institute and beyond is described in SciArt in America. From exquisite cuisine to self-assembling nano architecture and living models of human organs, Wyss Institute faculty members are erasing the lines between art and science... 

  • Apr 6, 2015

    Sea sponge anchors are natural models of strength news

    sea sponge

    Brown University News
    The Venus’ flower basket sea sponge has hair-like appendages that hold it in place on the sea floor. Research by a team of engineers including Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg and Research Scientist James Weaver shows that the internal structure of those fibers is fine-tuned for strength. The findings from this natural system could inform the engineering of load-bearing structural members... 

  • Apr 6, 2015

    Could organs-on-chips replace drug testing on animals? news

    organs on chips

    Elsevier recounts the keynote address that Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber gave at the 2015 annual conference of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening last month in which he described how the Wyss Institute is meeting the challenge of today's failing drug development model by creating laboratory models that mimic whole human organ function. Now with 13 organ-on-chip technologies in the pipeline, Wyss researchers are using an instrument called the Interrogator to link several organ chips together so they can be used in drug discovery research. Read more...

  • Apr 1, 2015

    Cerebral curiosity news

    3D bioprinting

    MIT News
    MIT graduate student Steven Keating is taking a problem-solving approach to his brain cancer. In collaboration with James Weaver and Ahmed Hosny at the Wyss Institute, Keating used the abundance of data provided by his videotaped brain surgery, scans and genome sequence to create digital and 3-D-printed models of his tumor, brain, and surgically repaired skull. Read more... 

  • Mar 31, 2015

    MGH gives grant to low-cost sickle cell diagnostic news

    Boston Business Journal
    Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health is helping to fund an affordable sickle cell diagnostic, awarding $100,000 to the Whitesides Research Group. The team, led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Whitesides, has been working on diagnostic for years, and has a prototype that has been tested in both the lab and in Zambia. The test currently costs 50 cents a piece, though engineers are hoping to make it cheaper... 

  • Mar 30, 2015

    Velvet Worms, Squirting Slime news

    velvet worms

    New York Times
    Described in the New York Times, a team including Wyss Institute Core Faculty member L. Mahadevan has discovered that the velvet worm uses its biological nozzle to deter predators by squeezing a large internal reservoir until slime comes out so fast that the nozzle sprays slime around like a loose garden hose. The team aims to harness this technique by miniaturizing the synthetic system they created to experiment with applications in creating microdrops for drug delivery.

  • Mar 27, 2015

    Literally Nothing Will Stick To This New Slippery Surface news


    Fast Company
    In Fast Company, Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg describes how the superhydrophobic material that she developed called SLIPS is applicable to any type of dangerous material such as bacteria, blood, ice, and oil...

  • Mar 25, 2015

    Wooly Mammoth Genes Inserted into Elephant Cells news


    Discovery News
    A team of researchers led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Church has successfully inserted genes from a woolly mammoth into living cells from an Asian elephant using a kind of DNA cut and paste system called CRISPR... 

  • Mar 25, 2015

    Artificial organs: Honey, I shrunk the lungs news


    Nature highlights Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber's work with organs-on-chips as a leader among human culture models for its ability to re-enact the real-world function of other organ systems by manipulating the physical microenvironment...

  • Mar 25, 2015

    Hangout with Kit Parker: Engineering the Body news

    Kit Parker

    Scientific American
    On Scientific American, Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Kit Parker describes how he works at the intersection of medicine and engineering to build model and replacement organs that are changing the way we treat the body. Watch the Google Science Fair Hangout On Air...

  • Mar 24, 2015

    Biomolecules Sorted with Catch-and-Release System news

    catch and release

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
    A microtubule-inspired microfluidic system that resembles a microscopic forest of arms can pluck biomolecules out of liquid mixtures, carry them from one chemical stream to another, and then release them. Developed by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg, the system, which is dynamic and tunable, may be suitable for applications in clinical diagnostics, target characterization, environmental analysis, and chemical purification....

  • Mar 23, 2015

    Mammoth DNA could save elephants from extinction news

    woolly mammoth

    Wired UK
    Genetic researchers at Harvard University have merged the DNA of an ancient woolly mammoth with those of an elephant's genetic code, making it possible for the ancient beast's genes to live on in the elephants of today. Headed by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Church, the team of researchers applied a new technique that let them make precise edits to 14 cells of the elephant's DNA. This allowed them to insert genes for smaller ears, furriness, cold-tolerant blood hemoglobin genes and extra fat beneath skin -- which differentiate mammoths from elephants -- into the latter's genetic code... 

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