Category: James Collins

Harvard prof develops fast, cheap prototype Ebola test

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Ebola, James Collins, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

Boston Herald
James Collins, College of Engineering
John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A Harvard researcher and his team have developed a prototype Ebola test that could detect the virus in 30 minutes and cost less than $1 to reproduce…

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This slip of paper can detect the Ebola virus in less than an hour

October 26th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Ebola, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

jcollins7Digital Trends
James Collins, College of Engineering

What if we could detect the Ebola virus the same way we test for pregnancy? A collaboration of researchers have found a way to make simple paper-based infection and virus detection a reality…

Expert quote:

“We’re now comfortably in the picomolar range, which is getting close to where you want to be, but I think we’d like to be even lower.”

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Synthetic Biologists Create Paper-Based Diagnostic for Ebola

October 25th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Ebola, James Collins, Newsmakers, Technology Review 0 comments

jcollins7Technology Review
James Collins, College of Engineering

Could complex genetic experiments one day be as simple to carry out as an over-the-counter pregnancy test? That’s the idea behind new research from James Collins, a synthetic biologist at Boston University, who says he’s been able to print the ingredients for simple DNA experiments on paper, freeze-dry them, and use them as much as a year later…

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Next Generation: Freeze-Dried Gene Networks

October 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers, The Scientist 0 comments

jcollins7The Scientist
James Collins, College of Engineering

Researchers devise a way to preserve bits of paper containing synthetic gene networks, which can be easily stored and widely distributed. Rehydrated, transcription and translation “come to life.”…

Expert quote:

“It turned out that this worked really well. These samples would work as well as the fresh-from-frozen stock, and as well as inside a cell.”

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How Antibiotics Kill Bacteria

October 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering

Scientists thought they knew the answer to how antibiotics kill bacteria…

Expert quote:

“Biology is complicated. The idea that scientists and drug companies can target all the physical expressions of a disease by going after just one gene is mostly wishful thinking.”

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Global health: A new challenge

October 9th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers, The Economist 0 comments

jcollins7The Economist
James Collins, College of Engineering

Ten years ago the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation began divvying up the money for what it hoped would be a novel approach to the task of solving the world’s health problems…

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Boston scientists develop analytics for stem cell engineering

August 26th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Business Journal, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering

Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Boston University have developed a computer algorithm to test stem cells, a breakthrough that has allowed scientists to regrow part of a colon in a mouse…

Expert quote:

“We can assess how close the cell you’ve made is what you want it to be, and what else do you need to perturb to get it to the desired state.”

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Atlas biotech gets $29M to create healing bacteria

July 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Business Journal, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

jcollins7Boston Business Journal
James Collins, College of Engineering

Eight months after Flagship Ventureslaunched its biotech to develop drugs based on microorganisms in the human body, Atlas Venture today announced $29 million in financing for its entry into that field…

Expert quote:

“Bacteria have been shown to be an ideal vector for the production and delivery of drugs for many diseases – many bacteria already exist in a commensal or even mutualistic relationship with the human body, they already contain compounds and metabolic pathways that can release or produce drugs and a large proportion of diseases are bacterial. Our goal is simple – use the amazing potential of synthetic biology to play a critical role in the development of therapies that lead to improved clinical outcomes for patients.”

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The war on superbugs

July 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

jcollins7Science News for Students
James Collins, College of Engineering

Antibiotics are wonder drugs. They treat a range of bacterial infections, from battle wounds and pneumonia to tuberculosis and pinkeye. But these medicines are losing their edge. Germs are becoming immune to the drugs that had been created to slay them. This dangerous trend has been emerging across the globe

Expert quote:

“It’s making them vulnerable to the drug to which they’ve grown resistant.”

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Inside the Din, Cells Fight Noise With Noise

May 27th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

jcollins7Quanta Magazine
James Collins, College of Engineering

For cellphone whisperers, families that live near highways, airports or trains, music-loving commuters, and even individual cells, noise is an inescapable fact of life…

Expert quote:

“It’s like when the president gives a State of the Union address, and they send one member of the cabinet to an undisclosed location.”

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