Architectonic · Bio · Digital Media · Science · Technology

Wyss Institute to Receive up to $37 Million from DARPA to Integrate Multiple Organ-on-Chip Systems to Mimic the Whole Human Body

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced $37 million funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an automated instrument that integrates 10 human organs-on-chips to study complex human physiology outside the body.

This effort builds on the Institute’s past breakthroughs in which Institute researchers engineered microchips that recapitulate the microarchitecture and functions of living organs, such as the lung, heart, and intestine.

Each individual organ-on-chip is composed of a clear flexible polymer — about the size of a computer memory stick — that contains hollow microfluidic channels lined by living human cells.

Excerpt from a Press Release by The Wyss Institute. Continue HERE

Bio · Design · Human-ities · Projects · Vital-Edible-Health

Invisible Residents: The Human Microbiome Project

The Human Microbiome Project has spent two years surveying bacteria and other microbes at different sites on 242 healthy people. The chart below hints at the complex combinations of microbes living in and on the human body.

See a larger infographic at the NYT

Bio · Design · Digital Media · Performativity · Technology

How your body can transmit data

Swedish communications giant Ericsson has developed a device which transmits data via the human body.

Click’s editor Richard Taylor demonstrates how capacitive coupling works and what it could be useful for.

See video via BBC News

Bio · Digital Media · Film/Video/New Media · Human-ities

Vertical progression through the human brain

…data from http://brainmaps.org