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MELTDOWN: Can we push SARS CoV-2 off an evolutionary cliff?

May 14, 2020

From New York to Luxembourg, Namibia, Iceland and Bhutan, the novel coronavirus SARS CoV-2 has turned the modern world into a crisis zone. An unprecedented global effort is underway to understand the elusive pathogen and find effective therapies. An intriguing approach to treating Covid-19, the disease caused by the emergent virus, has recently been suggested by Arizona State University faculty members Jeff Jensen (Center for Evolution and Medicine) and Michael Lynch (Biodesign Center for...

International Study Identifies Genes Responsible for Diversity of Human Skin Colors

October 18, 2017

Human populations feature a broad palette of skin tones. But until now, few genes have been shown to contribute to normal variation in skin color, and these had primarily been discovered through studies of European populations. Now, a study of diverse African groups led by University of Pennsylvania geneticists Sarah Tishkoff and Nicholas Crawford, with key contributions from new Arizona State University School of Life Sciences faculty Susanne Pfeifer and Jeff Jensen, has identified new...

Fall class of faculty and new centers boost Biodesign research endeavors

September 13, 2017

With the start of the fall semester and official launch of the 2017-2018 ASU academic year underway, the Biodesign Institute is pleased to welcome two new center directors and eleven faculty joining its rapidly expanding research enterprise. Recently, the Biodesign Institute celebrated Biodesign C's Topping Out ceremony, and watched the last beam – replete with hundreds of Biodesign employee signatures and well-wishes – lofted atop the framework and into prosperity. With this...

ASU appoints world-renowned evolutionary biologist to lead new Biodesign Center

September 6, 2017

Cross-disciplinary center studies key forces behind evolution to empower life sciences The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has announced today the appointment of world-renowned evolutionary biologist Michael Lynch, Ph.D., as the director of an ambitious new effort to advance the u­nderstanding of evolution across all scales of life, from whole populations to the key forces at work deep within a cell. The overarching mission of Lynch’s new Biodesign Center for Mechanisms...