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  • 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

    NPR
    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

    New 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

    The 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

    NOVA
    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
    Science News explains how Wyss Institute Core Faculty member James Collins is defeating viruses that have grown resistant to antibiotics by engineering novel bacteriophages that target only disease-causing 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

    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

    Reuters
    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...

  • Jul 4, 2014

    New 3D Printing Material Mimics Light Weight Balsa Wood for use in Wind Turbine Construction news

    3D Printing Industry
    Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute have created a lightweight yet extremely stiff composite material that they say can mimic and possibly improve on balsa wood and any other polymer composites available...

  • Jul 4, 2014

    Organs on a chip: How 3D models of living tissue are changing biomedical research news

    Up Close
    Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber discusses with The University of Melbourne's research talk show Up Close how organs-on-chips may advance our understanding of human physiology. Listen now...

  • Jul 3, 2014

    New insights on conditions for new blood vessel formation news

    Science Daily
    With lifesaving applications possible in both inhibiting and accelerating the creation of new blood vessels, a more fundamental understanding of what regulates angiogenesis is needed. Now, researchers have uncovered the existence of a threshold above which fluid flowing through blood vessel walls causes new capillaries to sprout...

  • Jul 2, 2014

    Super-Slick Material Stops Ice from Forming news

    MIT Technology Review
    MIT Technology Review describes the commercialization potential for SLIPS, the novel water-repellent material developed by Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg, which may be used to eliminate defrosting cycles in low-energy freezers...

  • Jul 1, 2014

    Microrobots are the "Bee's Knees" for Harvard Professor news

    ACM News
    Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Robert Wood is in the forefront – and at the intersection – of research into bio-inspired robotics and micro-robotics...

  • Jul 1, 2014

    Metal Fillings No More: Lasers Used to Rebuild Teeth news

    NBC News
    NBC News' Nerd Watch showcases a novel method developed by a team led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Dave Mooney that uses noninvasive lasers to trigger stem cells inside the body to regenerate tissue. Watch video...

  • Jul 1, 2014

    SEAS and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering: Carbon-fiber Epoxy Honeycombs Mimic the Material Performance of Balsa Wood news

    Additive Manufacturing
    In wind farms across North America and Europe, sleek turbines equipped with state-of-the-art technology convert wind energy into electric power. But tucked inside the blades of these feats of modern engineering is a decidedly low-tech core material: balsa wood...

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