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Latest Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering Stories

Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission
2014-04-23 08:13:46

Successful foray opens door to virus-like DNA nanodevices that could diagnose diseased tissues and manufacture drugs to treat them

Artificial Muscles Do The Twist
2014-02-27 14:13:14

Researchers develop a bio-inspired actuated material that mimics the complex motion of the heart muscle and could lead to better implantable medical devices and flexible robots

New Method Enables Scientists To Print Tissue Constructs With Blood Vessels
2014-02-19 15:24:58

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels.

TERMES robots
2014-02-14 04:49:33

Inspired by the way termites are capable of building mounds that are hundreds of times their size without detailed plans, researchers have developed robots capable of mimicking the behavior.

New Microscopy Method Could Spot Dozens Of Distinct Types Of Biomolecules Simultaneously
2014-02-03 09:49:50

A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate snapshots of dozens of different biomolecules at once in a single human cell, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported Sunday in Nature Methods.

Measuring Life's Tugs And Nudges
2013-12-09 19:12:18

Tiny oil droplets help measure mechanical forces produced by living cells that shape tissues and organs; new method could improve diagnosis of cancer, hypertension, and many other diseases

How Rare 'Words' In Bacterial Genes Boost Protein Production
2013-09-27 07:29:50

Scientists routinely seek to reprogram bacteria to produce proteins for drugs, biofuels and more, but they have struggled to get those bugs to follow orders.

2013-09-25 11:04:21

“You are not just a ball of cells,” says Clifford Tabin, George Jacob and Jacqueline Hazel Leder Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Turning Ordinary Glass Into Super Glass
2013-08-03 04:58:30

According to a new report in Nature Communications, a team of engineers at Harvard University has developed a revolutionary coating for glass that is self-cleaning, extremely durable and highly slippery.

Pain At The Pump Could Be Eased With High-octane Bacteria
2013-06-25 12:58:05

New lines of engineered bacteria can tailor-make key precursors of high-octane biofuels that could one day replace gasoline


Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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