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From Mammoths to Neandertals, Ancient DNA Unlocks the Mysteries of the Past
Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro and her team extract DNA from animal bones buried in the frozen Arctic for millennia. Starting with mere fragments of DNA, the scientists can reconstruct entire genomes of these animals to better understand how species respond to rapid changes in the environment.
DNA Nanoswitch for Gel-Based Interaction Analysis
Gel electrophoresis sorts DNA or other small proteins by size and shape using electrical currents to move molecules through small pores in gel. The process can be combined with novel DNA nanoswitches, developed by Wyss Associate Faculty member Wesley Wong, to allow for the simple and inexpensive investigation of life's most powerful molecular interactions.
Neuroscience: Crammed with Connections
In a piece of brain tissue smaller than a dust mite, there are thousands of brain cell branches and connections. Researchers from Harvard University have mapped them all in a new study appearing in Cell. They find some unexpected insights about how the cells talk to each other.
Inside The World's Most Powerful New Microscopes
Scientists have come up with new ways to hack the physics of light, inventing powerful microscopes.
CRISPR-Cas9: The Key to Fighting Genetic Disease?
The CRISPR-Cas9 system has brought medical research closer to finding a cure for many diseases, including sickle cell anemia, HIV, cancer, Huntington's disease and more.
Engineered E. Coli: Diagnostic & Therapeutic Tools
In this animation, see an example of how genetically engineered microbes being developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute could detect and treat a wide range of gastrointestinal illnesses and conditions.
Epigenome: The Symphony in Your Cells
Almost every cell in your body has the same DNA sequence. So how come a heart cell is different from a brain cell? Cells use their DNA code in different ways, depending on their jobs. Just like orchestras can perform one piece of music in many different ways.
Microscope Technique Brings Big Resolution at Low Temperatures
New advances in electron microscopy reveal molecular structures at resolutions useful for drug discovery.
Rat Tissue Decellularization
Over a period of 52 hours, infusion of a detergent solution removes cells from a rat forelimb, leaving behind the cell-free matrix scaffolding onto which new tissues can be regenerated. For more on regenerative medicine, read this featured article from GEN's June 15 issue.
Wyss Human Organs-On-Chips will be on display at The Museum of Modern Art in New York until January 2016. This video shows how the design of the chips allow them to emulate organ–level functions.