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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...

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...

PREP-ing tomorrow’s biomedical leaders

November 9, 2011

Recent university graduates who have shown exceptional academic promise may be eligible for a specialized program, funded by the National Institutes of Health.  The Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program or PREP,  at ASU provides research training for underrepresented individuals with a recent baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science, prior to pursuing a research doctorate.  PREP’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented biomedical and...

New research aims to shut down viral assembly line

January 11, 2011

Under the electron microscope, a coronavirus may resemble a spiny sea urchin or appear crownlike, (the shape from which this family of pathogens takes its name).  Previously recognized as the second leading cause of the common cold in humans and for economically important diseases in many domesticated animals, a new disease form abruptly emerged as a major public health concern in 2002, when the SARS coronavirus (CoV) surfaced in Asia. The rapid spread of the virus caused significant...

Biodesign collaborative mettle leads to new SARS vaccine project

June 24, 2008

Biodesign Institute research assistant professor Zhong Huang recently received funding to lead a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) vaccine project from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. During the two-year, $400,000 project, Huang and colleague Brenda Hogue, a Biodesign Institute and School of Life Sciences associate professor, will use tobacco plants to make large amounts of a segment from one of the SARS proteins...