Harvard Medical School Researchers Use CRISPR Technology to Insert Images into the DNA of Bacteria

Technology allows retrievable information to be recorded directly into the genomes of living bacteria, but will this technology have value in clinical laboratory testing? Researchers at Harvard Medical School have successfully used CRISPR technology to encode an image and a short film into the Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of bacteria. Their goal is to develop a way to record and store retrievable information in the genomes of living bacteria. A story in the Harvard Gazette described the new...

Harvard Researchers Develop Technology That ‘Turbocharges’ the Standard Medical Laboratory Microscope in Useful Ways

Breakthrough method could provide pathologists with a less expensive alternative to high-priced super-resolution microscopes or often-imprecise microscopy software Intriguing new research has the potential to “turbocharge” the standard medical laboratory microscope in ways that create a “super-vision” capability. This would give pathologists and medical researchers an inexpensive alternative to high-priced super-resolution microscopes or often-imprecise microscopy software. Seeking a new...

Harvard University Researchers Turn Bubble Wrap into Tiny Test Tubes that Could Be Used for Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing in Developing Nations

Inexpensive packing material pops up as an alternative to high-cost glass lab equipment for simple diagnostic tests, a potential boon in developing nations By turning Bubble Wrap into a cheap alternative to glass test tubes and culture dishes, Harvard University scientists may have found a way to cushion clinical laboratories in developing countries from the high cost of basic lab gear. This latest discovery is significant because it adds to the growing number of in vitro diagnostic testing...

Synthetic Biologists Demonstrate Ability to Rapidly Create Cheap, Accurate In Vitro Diagnostics Tests That Could Eventually Help Pathologists Diagnose Disease

Wyss Institute develops prototype Ebola test in less than 12 hours with $20 in materials, perhaps paving the way for inexpensive paper-based diagnostic tests with a wide range of applications outside the medical laboratory One goal of many synthetic biology researchers is to create in vitro diagnostic testing systems that produce results that are as accurate as those produced in today’s state-of-the-art clinical laboratories, yet are much cheaper to run because they incorporate low-cost...

Harvard Researchers’ New DNA Barcoding May Give Pathologists Expanded Capabilities in Fluorescence Microscopy

New biomedical imaging technology could enhance pathologists’ ability to examine tissue samples via fluorescence microscopy Scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new DNA, barcoding technique. The fluorescence microscopy approach has significant implications for the imaging community. Beyond imaging, however, pathologists will be able to use this same technology when evaluating tissue specimens. The new method could enable...
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