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Latest Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering Stories

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

2013-06-20 11:13:54

Slipping bacteria some silver could give old antibiotics new life.

Tiny Robotic Insects Take Flight
2013-05-03 09:06:20

A team of Harvard engineers has made a successful test flight with a tiny robotic insect that is half the size of a paperclip, weighs less than a tenth of a gram, and can flap its wings 120 times per second.

Role That Flagellum Plays In Helping E. Coli Colonize Rough Surfaces Revealed
2013-04-11 13:06:15

New research from Harvard University helps to explain how waterborne bacteria can colonize rough surfaces—even those that have been designed to resist water.

New Adaptive Material Inspired By Tears Designed By Scientists
2013-04-08 14:15:26

Tunable material system designed by Harvard team is easily adaptable for diverse applications in fuel transport, textiles, optical systems, and more

Computer Tablet Application Developed That Could Rapidly Assess Neuromuscular Performance At The Bedside
2013-02-07 16:49:31

Doctors routinely track their patients' hand-eye coordination to monitor any neuromuscular deficits, particularly as patients age or when they are injured -- but the tests they have been using to track this kind of information may be subjective and qualitative.

Scientists Use Sophisticated Modeling And Biotechnology To Weaken Cells By Fouling Their Metabolic Machinery
2013-02-04 11:19:01

A team of scientists just won a battle in the war against antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" -- and only time will tell if their feat is akin to the bacterial "Battle of Gettysburg" that turns the tide toward victory.

Color-tunable Photonic Fibers Mimic The Fruit Of The “Bastard Hogberry” Plant
2013-01-28 14:29:04

A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter, UK, have invented a new fiber that changes color when stretched.

2012-05-31 10:55:23

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a method for building complex nanostructures out of short synthetic strands of DNA.

New Microdevice Enables Culture Of Rare Circulating Tumor Cells From Blood
2012-04-24 13:31:25

Ability to culture rare tumor cells isolated from blood could help improve patient response to therapy


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.