By Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
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Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University use Nature's design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world. In this podcast series, Terrence McNally speaks directly with Institute researchers, exploring what motivates them and how they envision our future as it might be impacted by their disruptive technologies.
||CleanDisruptive: Art Advances Science||In this episode of Disruptive, Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber and Staff Scientist Charles Reilly discuss their process creating The Beginning, a short film inspired by Star Wars, to better communicate science to the public…and how they made a scientific discovery along the way. To make The Beginning, film industry visual effects and animation tools were used to merge scientific data from different disciplines, which enabled their team to create more accurate depictions and predictions of the natural world than what could otherwise be achieved. The team is now exploring how to use this approach to rational drug design and understanding the molecular mechanisms of disease.||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Cancer Vaccine and Immuno-Materials||In an effort to make immunotherapy more effective, Wyss Institute researches are developing new immuno-materials, which help modulate immune cells to treat or diagnose disease.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Sports Genomics||Would you consume a probiotic made from the microbiome of elite athletes?||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Mechanotherapeutics – From Drugs to Wearables||Mechanobiology: From Drugs to Wearables||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Fluorescent In Situ Sequencing||Developed at the Wyss, FISSEQ (fluorescent in situ sequencing) is a spatial gene sequencing technology that reads and visualizes the three-dimensional coordinates of RNA and mRNAs – the working copies of genes – within whole cells and tissues. FISSEQ affords insights into biological complexity that until now have not been possible. In this episode of Disruptive, Wyss Core Faculty member George Church, Wyss Senior Staff Scientist Rich Terry, and former Wyss Entrepreneur-in-Residence Shawn Marcell discuss FISSEQ's development and translational potential, which could be used to advance the development of diagnostics and discovery of new drug targets.||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Putting Biofilms to Work||Biofilms are often nuisances or threats in our daily lives, however, researchers at the Wyss Institute are figuring out how to put them to use cleaning polluted rivers, manufacturing pharmaceutical products, and fabricating new textiles.||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Rapid, Low Cost Detection of Zika & Future Pandemics||Researcher build platform that could potentially diagnose disease in within a week.||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Molecular Robotics||How can DNA be programmed to build novel structures, devices, and robots?||3/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Cancer Vaccine & Hydrogel Drug Delivery||How can a materials science approach lead to medical breakthroughs?||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Confronting Sepsis||Can sepsis-causing pathogens be filtered from blood without ever knowing their indentities?||10/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Bioinspired Robotics (pt. 3 - Wearable Robots)||Wearable Robots||7/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Bioinspired Robotics (pt. 2 - Materials, Manufacturing and Design)||Materials, Manufacturing and Design||7/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Bioinspired Robotics (pt. 1 - Swarm Collectives)||Swarm Collectives||7/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisruptive: Synthetic Biology||What sorts of breakthroughs are possible by modifying an organism’s genome?||7/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
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I love this podcast! Not many episodes, but the ones that have been released delve deep into what the motivations of scientists giving interesting background on important work and breakthroughs that are happening in our time.