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  • Mar 20, 2015

    Could we make plastic from shrimp shells? news

    bioplastic

    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

    soft exosuit

    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 12, 2015

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

    SLIPS

    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

    SLIPS

    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

    CRISPR-Cas9

    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

    Robotics Researchers Look To Animals To Make The Perfect Bots news

    robobee

    World Crunch
    Animals have many of the characteristics of the brilliantly useful machines scientists would like to create: flexibility, adaptability, instinctive intelligence. Scientists at the Wyss Institute are working to harness the principles in Nature to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world...

  • Mar 5, 2015

    A new art form: organs-on-chips technology news

    Organs on chips acquired by MoMA

    Boston Business Journal
    As explained in the Boston Business Journal, the combined form and function of organs on chips exemplify what all modern design should seek to do through marrying art with science to help create a better world...

  • Mar 5, 2015

    Electronic Inks Make 3-D Printing More Promising news

    3D Printing

    Technology Review
    A startup called Voxel8 cofounded by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis is using materials expertise to extend the capabilities of 3-D printing...

  • Mar 4, 2015

    Blood Cleansing Biospleen Attacks Sepsis news

    biospleen

    Ivanhoe Newswire
    Every year, severe sepsis strikes more than a million Americans, and as many as 50-percent of these people die. The deadly infection often happens too fast for antibiotics to help. Now, a device inspired by the human spleen could transform the way doctors treat sepsis and many other diseases...

  • Mar 3, 2015

    Boston's 10 Hottest Restaurants Right Now news

    Café ArtScience

    Zagat
    Café ArtScience is an innovative eatery that purveys "the future of food" thanks to founder David Edwards. Edwards is a renowned engineer and Wyss Core Faculty member who is also behind Le Laboratoire, a Paris innovation center that is dedicated to merging art and food-focused science. The restaurant is designed to help diners interact with his innovative ideas, and even houses a lecture hall for seminars on sustainability issues, technology and the like...

  • Feb 26, 2015

    HIV Latency Is Not an Accident: It Is a Survival Tactic Employed by the Virus news

    Ariel Weinberger

    Gladstone Institutes
    Using mathematical models based on patient data, a team of researchers including Technology Development Fellow Ariel Weinberger has found that HIV's capacity for latency is a survival advantage that results in higher infection rates. Published in Cell, the results indicate that latency is controlled by the virus itself and not by infected host cells. These findings pose fundamental changes to the way scientists perceive latency and approach HIV cure strategies...

  • Feb 26, 2015

    Subsensory Vibratory Stimulation Improves Balance news

    vibrating insoles

    Today's Geriatric Medicine
    In an editorial about the vibrating insoles in development at the Wyss Institute, Senior Staff Engineer James Niemi explains how he is using subsensory stimulation to improve balance and reduce fall risk...

  • Feb 24, 2015

    Google, Gehry and BMW among Designs of the Year 2015 nominations news

    organs-on-chips

    Gizmag
    Human Organs-on-Chips have been nominated by London's Design Museum for the Design of the Year 2015 award in the product category...

  • Feb 24, 2015

    A New Class of Molecular Probes news

    DNA nanoswitch

    BioTechniques
    Researchers have no shortage of techniques for observing biomolecular interactions –everything from fluorescence microscopy to gel-shift assays to coimmunoprecipitation. But quantifying those interactions, and measuring their kinetics, typically requires more specialized methods, such as surface plasmon resonance (SPR). Now, a team of researchers led by Core Faculty member Wesley Wong have described a quick, easy, and inexpensive alternative...

  • 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

    homo chippiens

    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

    bionic leaf

    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 13, 2015

    This Restaurant Turns Diners Into Lab Rats news

    Le Whaf

    Bloomberg Business
    Bloomberg Business gives an overview of Café ArtScience, where they specialize in edible experiments that revolve around Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Edward's nutrition-centric inventions, including Le Whaf, WikiPearls, and the oPhone. Watch video...

  • 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

    bionic leaf

    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...

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