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A Vision for the Future A Vision for the Future
Breakthrough discoveries cannot change the world
if they never leave the lab.
Wyss overview Overview of the Wyss Institute
What if we can transform the future?
2012 Retreat Wyss Retreat 2012
Highlights from the 4th annual Wyss Retreat, held in Boston on November 19, 2012.
NeuroAssess NeuroAssess
A team at Harvard's Wyss Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess have developed a computer tablet application that could rapidly and quantitatively assess neuromuscular performance.
DNA bricks Building 3D Structures with DNA Bricks
Wyss Institute researchers have created more than 100 three-dimensional nanostructures using DNA building blocks that function like Lego® bricks. This animation illustrates the process used to build these structures.
Programmable nanorobotics Programmable Nanorobotics
What if we could build programmable nanorobots that could attack disease?
Keeping Ice Away Keeping Ice Away
What if we could design surfaces that prevent ice formation?
SLIPS SLIPS
SLIPS is a novel coating that repels almost every type of liquid and solid -- from blood and crude oil, to ice and bacteria.
Infant apnea Vibrating Mattress

What if we could prevent infant apnea?
DNA building blocks Making Structures with DNA "Building Blocks"
Wyss researchers have developed a method for building complex nanostructures out of short synthetic strands of DNA. Called single-stranded tiles (SSTs), these interlocking DNA "building blocks," akin to Legos®, can be programmed to assemble themselves into precisely designed shapes, such as letters and emoticons.
Wyss overview Wyss Institute Annual Retreat -- 2011
Highlights from the 2011 annual retreat, held on November 21, 2012, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
Organs on a Chip Organs on a Chip

What if we could test drugs without animal models?
Pathogen Diagnostic Pathogen Diagnostic
What if we could diagnose sepsis in just hours, not days?
Lung on a Chip Lung-on-a-Chip
Combining microfabrication techniques with modern tissue engineering, lung-on-a-chip offers a new in vitro approach to drug screening by mimicking the complicated mechanical and biochemical behaviors of a human lung. Watch this video to see how it works.
DNA nanorobot DNA Nanorobot
Wyss researchers have developed a robotic device made from DNA that could potentially seek out specific cell targets within a complex mixture of cell types and deliver important molecular instructions, such as telling cancer cells to self-destruct. Inspired by the mechanics of the body's own immune system, the technology might one day be used to program immune responses to treat various diseases.
Magnetic yeast Making Yeast Magnetic
Pam Silver and Keiji Nishida have developed a method for inducing magnetic sensitivity in an organism that is not naturally magnetic -- yeast. Their technology could potentially be used to magnetize a variety of different cell types in medical, industrial and research applications.
image TERMES: Termite-Inspired Robots
Inspired by termites and their building activities, the TERMES project is working toward developing a swarm construction system in which robots cooperate to build 3D structures much larger than themselves.
Lung on a Chip Watermark ink and an overview of the Wyss
The W-ink device, which fits in the palm of a hand and requires no power source, exploits the chemical and optical properties of precisely nanostructured materials to distinguish liquids by their surface tension. This video demonstrates its use and provides a general overview of the Wyss Institute.
We've won a Webby Award!

Wyss Institute is proud to announce our win in the 2012
Webby Awards in the Science category.