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Evolution and Cancer take center stage at ISEEC conference

January 8, 2018

  Evolution is the creative force shaping all earthly life. It is also the reason why all multicellular life is susceptible to cancer. The processes of evolution are the fuel behind the interplay of malignant cells with the bodies they attack. From Dec 7-10th, researchers attended ISEEC 2017, the conference of the International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer, held on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. The conference, which is held every other year, drew a highly...

The Lab Aquatic

August 31, 2016

If you have been around the third floor of wing A in Biodesign lately, you have probably noticed the new 100-gallon saltwater aquarium. This may bring some welcome stress relief to the workplace as the new school year gets underway. The real purpose of the aquarium though, is purely scientific. Associate professor Carlo Maley of the Biodesign Institute Center for Personalized Diagnostics recently had the aquarium set up in his new lab space with snails, shrimp and crabs, followed later by...

Biodesign wraps up successful academic year with major accolades, eye toward expansion

July 29, 2016

Valley weather perhaps can best be described simply as either heaven or hell. Now, with the truly Sun Devilish, summer cauldron upon us, most central Arizonans ----ASU faculty and staff included---have an eye toward fleeing the iconic saguaro-dotted Sonoran desert landscape for vacation ----and preferably, a welcome respite in cooler climates. But summer also represents an increasingly brief time to catch a breath in academia, with the turning of the calendar in July to a new fiscal year and...

The alien within: fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy (and long after)

August 28, 2015

Parents go to great lengths to ensure the health and well-being of their developing offspring. The favor, however, may not always be returned. Dramatic research has shown that during pregnancy, cells of the fetus often migrate through the placenta, taking up residence in many areas of the mother’s body, where their influence may benefit or undermine maternal health. The presence of fetal cells in maternal tissue is known as fetal microchimerism. The term alludes to the chimeras of...