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John McCutcheon was chosen from more than 800 applicants and will apply the funding to his study of bacteria and cellular evolution.
With an NSF award of $12.5 million, ASU establishes a new institute to explore evolutionary cell biology. The Biology Integration Institute (BII) will be under the direction of Principal Investigator Michael Lynch, who also directs the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution.
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Many were optimistic that the long battle with SARS-Cov-2 would soon be in the rearview mirror. The virus—in a new and highly transmissible form—has other plans.
Detailed tracking and analysis of the novel coronavirus has become more important than ever. New funding will advance Biodesign's aggressive efforts. Image courtesy NIAID.

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