Solid vaccine eliminates acute myeloid leukemia in mice

A new study presents an alternative treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that has the potential to eliminate AML cells completely.

Lindsay Brownell | Jan. 14, 2020 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine acute-myeloid-leukemia-aml aml basic-research biomaterial-based-vaccine harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences

Better delivery system for sending chemo to cancerous lung tissue

A new technique called ELeCt (erythrocyte-leveraged chemotherapy) can transport drug-loaded nanoparticles into cancerous lung tissue by mounting them on the body’s own red blood cells.

Lindsay Brownell | Nov. 13, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research biodegradable-polymer cancer chemotherapy elect engineering erythrocyte-leveraged-chemotherapy john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences lung-cancer trojan-horse wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering

Lab-grown meat gains muscle as it moves from petri dish to dinner plate

Researchers are able to build muscle fibers, giving lab-grown meat the texture meat lovers seek.

Leah Burrows | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences kit-parker lab-grown-meat muscle-tissues wyss-institute

First video of viruses assembling released

For the first time, Harvard researchers have captured images of individual viruses forming, offering a real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly.

Leah Burrows | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology common-cold gastroenteritis hand-foot-and-mouth-disease harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences polio quantitative-biology-initiative virus virus-assembly west-nile-fever

Shape-shifting structures can take the form of a face, antenna

What would it take to transform a flat sheet into a human face? How would the sheet need to grow and shrink to form eyes that are concave, a nose that’s convex, and a chin that protrudes? How to encode and release complex curves in shape-shifting structures is at the center of research led by […]

Leah Burrows | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvard-wyss-institute-of-biologically-inspired-engineering multi-scale-curvature shape-shifting

Electronic chip can perform intracellular recording from thousands of connected neurons simultaneously

Researchers from Harvard University have developed an electronic chip that can perform high-sensitivity intracellular recording from thousands of connected neurons simultaneously, allowing them to identify hundreds of synaptic connections.

Harvard Gazette | Sept. 24, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology brain-cells electrophysiological-screening harvard-seas john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences neuronal-networks parkinsons-disease rat-neuronal-network

Drone-based monitoring system reveals important information on the health of the Amazon

A group of researchers are using a drone-based chemical monitoring system to track the health of the Amazon in the face of global climate change and human-caused deforestation and burning.

Leah Burrows | Sept. 12, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology amazon climate-change drone harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences seas

Sizing up a planet’s habitability

Researchers have redefined the lower size limit for planets to maintain surface liquid water for long periods of time, extending the so-called habitable zone for small, low-gravity planets.

Leah Burrows | Sept. 10, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology goldilocks-zone habitability habitable-zone harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences low-gravity-planets planet-size seas

New technique being developed to therapeutically repair and replace human organs

A new technique called SWIFT (sacrificial writing into functional tissue) ultimately may be used therapeutically to repair and replace human organs with lab-grown versions containing patients’ own cells.

Lindsay Brownell | Sept. 6, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology 3d-printing adult-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells artificially-grown-human-organs harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering organ-transplant sacrificial-writing-into-functional-tissue seas stem-cells swift

Ultra-soft underwater grippers reach next level of perfection

To study jellyfish and other fragile marine life without damaging them, researchers developed ultra-soft underwater grippers that catch and release jellyfish without harm.

Lindsay Brownell | Aug. 28, 2019 | harvard
~8 mins   

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