Tag: Harvard

NTU and Harvard researchers develop “smart” biodegradable food packaging

NTU and Harvard researchers develop “smart” biodegradable food packaging

December 29, 2021 |

In Singapore, a team of scientists from NTU Singapore and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US, has developed a ‘smart’ food packaging material that is biodegradable, sustainable and kills microbes that are harmful to humans. It could also extend the shelf-life of fresh fruit by two to three days. The natural food packaging […]

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Harvard researchers say COVID-19 patients in regions with high air pollution more likely to die

Harvard researchers say COVID-19 patients in regions with high air pollution more likely to die

April 20, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, people with COVID-19 who live in U.S. regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease than people who live in less polluted areas, according to a new nationwide study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study is the first to look at the […]

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Harvard researchers develop yeast bio-hybrid system

Harvard researchers develop yeast bio-hybrid system

December 12, 2018 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at Harvard University have expanded the concept of “biological-inorganic hybrid systems” to baker’s yeast that in combination with light-harvesting semiconductors is able to produce shikimic acid, an important precursor of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, several other medicines, nutraceuticals, and fine chemicals. When kept in the dark, the yeast cells produced ethanol and […]

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Harvard researchers produce isopropanol from “bionic leaf”

Harvard researchers produce isopropanol from “bionic leaf”

February 16, 2015 |

In Massachusetts, Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a way to produce isopropanol from solar energy using bacteria as a “bionic leaf”. The technology is based on inexpensive catalysts and materials that are readily accessible.

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Crafoord Prize in Biosciences goes to genetic polymorphism research

Crafoord Prize in Biosciences goes to genetic polymorphism research

January 19, 2015 |

In Sweden, Richard Lewontin of Harvard and Tomoka Ohta of Japan’s National Institute of Genetics have received the 2015 Crafoord Prize in Biosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for their ‘pioneering analyses and fundamental contributions to the understanding of genetic polymorphism.’ Real life applications of their technology include applications in systematic biology, enhancing […]

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Harvard researchers manipulate bacteria to produce chemicals on demand

Harvard researchers manipulate bacteria to produce chemicals on demand

December 25, 2014 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at Harvard have modified genes in bacteria so they produce the exact chemicals that they want to, including how much, reaching up to a 30-fold increase in yields with a process that’s nearly 1,000 times faster than current metabolic engineering methods.

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High yields of octanoate derived from E. coli at Harvard lab

High yields of octanoate derived from E. coli at Harvard lab

July 1, 2013 |

In Massachusetts, an E. coli-based metabolic pathway that produces fatty acids easily converted into fuel is the subject of research being performed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. The process, which produces octanoate, produces the highest yields yet reported. The work was funded by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research […]

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Harvard research team aims for bio-based, friction-free ketchup bottle in MIT Entrepreneurship tourney

Harvard research team aims for bio-based, friction-free ketchup bottle in MIT Entrepreneurship tourney

May 25, 2012 |

In Massachusetts, research teams from Harvard and MIT have been working on the development of a plastic bottle that ketchup cannot stick to. Over at MIT, the team has developed a bottle coated with “LiquiGlide,” which MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith told Yahoo is “kind of a structured liquid — it’s rigid like a solid, […]

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New shell-and-silk hybrid is as flexible, hard as aluminium, half the weight

New shell-and-silk hybrid is as flexible, hard as aluminium, half the weight

February 13, 2012 |

In Massachusetts, Harvard researchers have developed a new material, shrilk, derived from shrimp shells and a silk protein, that is flexible, clear and as hard as aluminum while only half the weight. In an article from the Harvard Gazette, the material is described as being biodegradable, with a wide range of possible uses, from medical […]

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