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Gut Bacteria Influence Autism-like Behaviors in Mice

May 30, 2019

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated one in 59 people in the United States, causing a variety of difficulties with social communication and repetitive behavior. Many factors, including genetic and environmental effects, are believed to influence symptoms, and there are no approved treatments. Now, using mouse models, Caltech researchers have discovered that gut bacteria directly contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice. An article published today in The Economist, “More...

Study Expands Understanding of Bacterial Communities for Global Next-generation Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Systems

May 13, 2019

Wastewater treatment and reuse are critical to global health and sustaining a world population predicted to reach 10 billion by 2050. Now, researchers at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University join University of Oklahoma colleagues, who led an interdisciplinary global study to explore wastewater microbial communities. The research expands the understanding of activated sludge microbiomes for next-generation wastewater treatment and reuse systems enhanced by microbiome...

Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50% two years after fecal transplant

April 9, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism, up from one in every 150 in 2000. They report that “about half a million people on the autism spectrum will become adults over the next decade, a swelling tide for which the country is unprepared.”  The apparent rise in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its stubborn resistance to treatment has spurred a legion of researchers to enter the field...

Rittmann sounds a call to action for a more sustainable phosphorus supply

April 1, 2019

Bruce Rittmann, director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University, is slated to be the keynote speaker at the Phosphorus Forum 2019 in Washington, D.C., on April 5. Rittmann will discuss “Minimizing P loss and Maximizing Value.” The annual conference attracts scientists and NGOs focused on water quality issues, nutrient recovery technology companies, fertilizer manufacturers, food producers, water utilities, farm consultants, government...

ASU, NAU, University of Texas at Austin awarded $1.5 M from ARPA-E to transform energy technology

February 21, 2019

New low-cost carbon capture concept that pulls CO2 directly from air has potential to revolutionize energy technology Tempe, Ariz. – Researchers at Arizona State University, in partnership with collaborators at The University of Texas at Austin and Northern Arizona University, have announced $1.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The research team will demonstrate an entirely new direct air capture (DAC) concept...

Krajmalnik-Brown encourages us to ‘go with our gut’

February 7, 2019

When Nicole Neuman, the editor of Molecular Cell sought a learned look at the connection of microbes to behavior, they knew exactly who to call: Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown. “Dr. Rosy,” as she’s known at Arizona State University, is becoming increasingly well-known for her interest and expertise in gut-brain interactions. Molecular Cell is a companion to Cell, the leading journal of biology and the highest-impact journal in the world, so Krajmalnik-Brown knew the invitation to write a...

Biodesign symposium hosts researchers from West China

November 19, 2018

Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute, co-hosted a lively and innovative symposium, greeting the international guests in their native language. After enthusiastic applause, the presentations began. The symposium, which hosted representatives from Sichuan University and West China Hospital, in addition to researchers from the Biodesign Institute, focused on exploring strategies for the detection and treatment of infectious diseases and cancer. The gathering...

DOE awards $4.5M to ASU researchers to discover new ways to harness carbon dioxide for reducing biofuel costs

November 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced 36 projects that together have been awarded $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. Two ASU research teams are among the grantees, with the grants to ASU totaling about $4.5 million. The two teams are headed by Wim Vermaas, Foundation Professor in the School of Life Sciences and a member of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, and Bruce Rittmann, director of Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental...

Biotech journal features researchers’ work two months in a row

September 12, 2018

One of researchers’ main prerogatives is to receive recognition for their work in high-caliber journals – to be featured on the cover of a journal is an accolade that is highly sought after, but rarely received. To be featured on not just one cover but two covers is rare. Biodesign researchers managed to pull it off. Back-to-back discoveries by Biodesign research scientist Chen Zhou and his team graced the covers of the July and August issues of "Biotechnology and Bioengineering," a...

Bruce Rittman Award Presentation

August 22, 2018

Recorded presentation of Bruce Rittmann being presented the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize, by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, on behalf of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, in the Stockholm City Hall.