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SARS-CoV-2: a theme and variations

August 11, 2021

The celebrations were well underway. America seemed to be emerging from the depths of the COVID-19 crisis, following some of the darkest days in the nation’s history. A vast reduction in infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities, driven by improved therapies and above all, a suite of highly effective vaccines, had brought a collective sigh of relief. The July 4th festivities were euphorically anticipated, marking not only the nation’s independence from colonial rule but its...

Arizona Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

March 23, 2021

Scientists at Arizona State University and University of Arizona have joined a national effort to educate the general public about COVID-19 vaccination. Leading Arizona's discussions will be:  Felicia Goodrum, PhD, University of Arizona College of Medicine James Alwine, PhD, University of Arizona Grant McFadden, PhD, director, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy  Brenda Hogue, PhD, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and...

ASU scientific team finds new, unique mutation in coronavirus study

May 7, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the U.S., in addition to tracking the number of COVID-19 daily cases, there is a worldwide scientific community engaged in tracking the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself. Efrem Lim leads a team at Arizona State University that looks at how the virus may be spreading, mutating and adapting over time. To trace the trail of the virus worldwide, Lim’s team is using a new technology at ASU’s Genomics Facility called next-generation...

China is dealing with a new and deadly virus

January 23, 2020

A new coronavirus that emerged last month in China and has claimed the lives of 17 people and infected approximately 540 others has the country on high alert. The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened its emergency committee to determine measures that need to be taken to deal with this outbreak. A cure is nowhere in sight but health officials are scrambling to develop a vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that one American has already been...

ASU and BioXFEL consortium awarded $22.5 million to capture biology at the atomic level using X-ray lasers

October 10, 2018

Eight Arizona State University faculty researchers in a seven-campus consortium of U.S. universities are revolutionizing bioimaging through collaborations with academia and industry. A $22.5 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) allows the group to continue their groundbreaking work to develop advanced imaging techniques for critical biological processes that are difficult, if not impossible, to see with conventional methods. According to BioXFEL Director Edward Snell,...

ASU's Biodesign Institute hosts thousands of visitors for Open Door 2018

February 27, 2018

More than 2,600 people walked the halls of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute Saturday during the seventh annual ASU Open Door event. Kids of all ages and their families enjoyed nearly 40 science exhibits and activities organized by 16 research centers at Biodesign.  Guests had the chance to take a selfie and watch their face evolve with computer software, put on a spacesuit and do a microbiology experiment on the International Space Station, see how treatments to fight...

Statewide gathering goes viral

November 13, 2017

Arizona State University and the University of Arizona—infamous rivals on the playing field—joined forces for a special joint conference on virology. The first-of-its-kind event took place at the Biodesign Institute at ASU on Friday, November 3rd and presented a broad range of research concerning one of the more enigmatic entities in the biological world. The gathering was co-hosted by Grant McFadden, director of the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy and...

Now showing: 3D movie of a virus in action

August 14, 2017

A research collaboration led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has for the first time created a three-dimensional movie showing a virus preparing to infect a healthy cell. The research promises to help advance our understanding of changes that viruses undergo during infection. This could lead to better therapeutic treatments and prevention of viral diseases when applied to studies of viruses that infect humans and other hosts. The feat was made possible by UWM physicists, who...

Biodesign C will help advance scientific frontiers

October 12, 2016

Arizona State University’s newest research building will be packed with the most advanced construction and technological gear of today. The science that goes on inside will find answers that benefit society every day after. Researchers will tackle the early detection and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, speed up drug discovery and explore new avenues in renewable energy. The third building in ASU’s Biodesign Institute complex, Biodesign C on the Tempe campus, will serve as home...

Future flu: Where the annual shot is heading

October 12, 2015

With signs for flu shots festooning grocery stores, clinics and HR departments, the onset of flu season is heralded with as much fervor — if less enthusiasm — than Christmas. Part of this is because the old days of vaccines meant getting mildly to very sick after being immunized, but still feeling better than getting the actual virus. “You could give it to a human, get a mild disease and be immunized,” said Bertram Jacobs, a professor of virology in the Center for Infectious...