Bio-Inspired Slippery Surface Technology Repels Fouling Agents

by Serena Blacklow A start-up launched late in 2014 from our own Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is working to commercialize ‘SLIPS’ technology. SLIPS Technologies’ mission is to customize super-repellent surfaces for whatever application under demand. Slippery lubricant-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) can be formulated to repel water, bacteria, and oil, among other “fouling agents”.Continue reading “Bio-Inspired Slippery Surface Technology Repels Fouling Agents”

Defeating Malaria: A Vision for the Future

by Serena Blacklow “I was visited by a mother, Tibangwa Sarah, whose daughter had a severe fever. The malaria rapid diagnostic test was negative, so I wrote her a referral to the health centre for more tests. Instead, because she didn’t trust me, she went to the drug shop, bought the wrong drugs and theContinue reading “Defeating Malaria: A Vision for the Future”

Should we use genetically modified foods to increase our food reservoir?

by Serena Blacklow Over 80% of all processed foods in the U.S. contain genetically modified ingredients (1).  Yet, the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as sources of food remains intensely controversial, with economists, politicians, and farmers as well as scientists taking conflicting stances on the issue. While GMOs have the potential to increase ourContinue reading “Should we use genetically modified foods to increase our food reservoir?”

DNA glue facilitates self-assembly of hydrogel bricks

by Serena Blacklow Here at Harvard’s own Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, researchers have introduced a new method of self-assembly using DNA glue.  Self-assembly, the ability of objects to spontaneously come together, enables scientists and engineers to attach objects too small to be manipulated by hand. Although there has been much progress with self-assemblyContinue reading “DNA glue facilitates self-assembly of hydrogel bricks”