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A better condom for a better world

July 18, 2016

As a tool for preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, condoms are cheap and nearly 99 percent effective.  The problem? They’re uncomfortable. And that makes men less likely to use them. And that’s bad news in the fight against STDs. According to the UN, there were roughly 2 million new HIV infections in the world last year.  With a mission to improve worldwide health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put out a call to researchers around...

Cutting cancer to pieces: new research on bleomycin

April 30, 2014

A variety of cancers are treated with the anti-tumor agent bleomycin, though its disease-fighting properties remain poorly understood.  In a new study, lead author Basab Roy—a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute—describes bleomycin’s ability to cut through double-stranded DNA in cancerous cells, like a pair of scissors. Such DNA cleavage often leads to cell death in particular types of cancer cells.  The paper is co-authored by professor Sidney...