Category: Technology Review

Synthetic Biologists Create Paper-Based Diagnostic for Ebola

Technology 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, […]

Challenges Remain for Technologies to Fight Ebola

Technology Review Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine John Connor, School of Medicine As of last week, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of 88 percent of the more than 1,000 confirmed cases. While several technologies for controlling the spread of the disease are under development, deploying them will not be straightforward… […]

Business Adapts to a New Style of Computer

Technology Review Marshall Van Alstyne, School of Management The technology industry is preparing for the Internet of things, a type of computing characterized by small, often dumb, usually unseen computers attached to objects. These devices sense and transmit data about the environment or offer new means of controlling it… Expert quote: “You might find the […]

Why the Promise of Cheap Fuel from Super Bugs Fell Short

Technology Review James Collins, College of Engineering The sell-off of synthetic biology pioneer LS9 goes to show that making biofuels from genetically engineered microbes is harder than though has yet to deliver economically… Expert quote: “In most cases, they were university lab demonstrations that weren’t ready for industrialization.” View full article  

Synthetic Biology Could Speed Flu Vaccine Production

Technology Review James Collins, College of Engineering Synthetic biology is breathing new life into the old-fashioned world of vaccine production, raising hopes that manufacturers could release vaccines much more quickly when outbreaks occur… Expert quote: “There are only a handful of groups in the space, and it’s very hard to do that engineering.” View full […]