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Master of the immune system: Myxoma virus could solve long-standing medical conundrums

June 25, 2019

Virus: friend or foe? Viruses are likely the most abundant biological entities on Earth – they inhabit every ecosystem, and thus have shaped the evolution of most species. But we have been conditioned to believe that viruses only pose a threat to life. Until recently, viruses were only thought to be infectious agents that exist and replicate within the cells of a host organism, often causing life-threatening illnesses. Although this is true and much of modern healthcare is aimed at...

International expert in the study of viruses, infectious diseases and cancer to lead ASU’s Biodesign Institute center

October 4, 2016

With an estimated 600,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. this year alone and a looming crisis in antibiotic resistance, there is an urgent societal need to develop novel solutions.  The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has hired internationally renowned virologist Grant McFadden to direct a major research initiative that will develop cutting-edge strategies to treat cancer and prevent infectious diseases.  McFadden has been tapped to lead the Biodesign Center for...