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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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... 

  • Mar 23, 2015

    Researchers take another step in bringing back a wooly mammoth news

    woolly mammoth
    A team of researchers led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member George Church has taken yet another step towards bringing to life a reasonable facsimile of a woolly mammoth that went extinct approximately 3,300 years ago. The team is not cloning the mammoth, but rebuilding the genome of the ancient animal by studying its DNA, replicating it and then inserting the copy into the genome of an Asian elephant - the closest modern day equivalent... 

  • Mar 23, 2015

    Scientists right to pause for genetic editing discussion news


    The Boston Globe
    In the last two years, synthetic biology has accelerated dramatically, driven by a discovery made by two Boston scientists. George Church, a professor at Harvard Medical School and Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute, and Feng Zhang, an assistant professor at MIT and a core member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, independently showed how a system used by bacteria to fight viruses can be turned into a powerful tool to make precise changes to “edit” the DNA in living mammalian cells. Scientists should welcome the growing public debate about the discovery’s implications... 

  • Mar 23, 2015

    The Battle to Control the 3D Printing Revolution: DIY or CIA? news

    3D Printing

    Truth Out
    A venture capital firm openly acknowledged as an arm of the CIA recently reported that it would be investing an undisclosed amount into a 3D printing company called Voxel8. Co-founded by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis, Voxel8 has developed the world's first 3D electronics printer, which holds the promise of the mass customization of electronics and the ability to truly print your imagination. Read more...

  • Mar 20, 2015

    Could we make plastic from shrimp shells? news


    How Stuff Works
    The fully compostable bioplastic developed last year by researchers at the Wyss Institute uses a substances called chitosan in conventional manufacturing techniques to produce inexpensive and fully biodegradable products. Read more on How Stuff Works...

  • Mar 20, 2015

    U.S. Military Wants Crysis like Smart Suits news

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    The Future of Things
    Described in the Future of Things, the interdisciplinary collaboration fostered by the Wyss Institute has allowed for researchers to work alongside experts in product development to build an exosuit designed to overcome problems typically associated with current wearable systems. Read more...

  • Mar 17, 2015

    9 New Boston Restaurants With Stunning Design news

    Cafe ArtScience

    Founded by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Edwards, Cafe ArtScience is featured on Zagat as a new restaurant in Boston with one of the most attractive interiors in town. Located in Kendall Square, the space has towering glass windows, sleek, contemporary furnishings and cool, green hexagonal tiles hanging over the 25-semicircle bar...

  • Mar 16, 2015

    Boston, Cambridge are ground zero for life sciences news

    Boston Globe
    Boston-Cambridge is ground zero for the development and deployment of many of the bleeding edge life science discoveries and technologies. On a per capita basis, nowhere else comes close in terms of research grants, patents, and publications that drive new gene code, which in turn alters the evolution of bacteria, plants, animals, and ourselves...

  • Mar 13, 2015

    WikiPearl Named Edison Awards Finalist news


    Boston Business Journal
    Invented by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Edwards, WikiPearl has been named one of the Award Finalists in the Food Packaging & Beverage category of the distinguished Edison Awards. The Transformative Food and Nutrition Delivery Technology will be recognized at the Edison Awards Gala on April 23 in New York. Read more...

  • Mar 12, 2015

    LiquiGlide competitor SLIPS Technologies targets industrial uses for its non-sticky coatings news


    Boston Business Journal
    Described in the Boston Business Journal, SLIPS Technologies will focus this year on gaining traction among its customers to commercialize their friction-free coating technology. The wide variety of applications range from lubricants for toxic products like paint and motor oil so that toxic chemicals don't end up in landfills, to preventative measures against bacteria sticking to medical devices like catheters, or marine organisms adhering to ships. Read more...

  • Mar 11, 2015

    Medtech Materials: Polymer Principles news


    Medical Product Outsourcing
    Innovations in plastics and bioresorbables continue to push the boundaries of medtech materials. Wyss Institute researchers have developed polymers that can store considerable amounts of lubricating liquids within their molecular structure and release them over time to render the material slippery, and thus, repellant to bacteria. Read more...

  • Mar 10, 2015

    IDT offers CRISPR/Cas9 online resource for genome editing news


    Manufacturing Chemist Pharma
    Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), a manufacturer of custom, synthetic DNA and RNA oligonucleotides, has pooled its expertise in genome editing into a free web resource dedicated to providing researchers with a hub of information on using the CRISPR/Cas9 system, which was developed at the Wyss Institute...

  • Mar 6, 2015

    Nature Biotech Honors Some Of 2014's Best Academic Startups news


    Described in Forbes, Emulate and Editas are named among Nature Biotech's list of Best Academic Startups in 2014, capturing the Wyss Institute's technology translation efforts in action...

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