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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...

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...

An expedition to the end of the gene

March 26, 2017

Proteins help account for the complexity and astonishing diversity among humans (and other living forms). They are the body’s workhorses, forming muscles, bones, cartilage, skin and blood; facilitating essential chemical reactions and protecting us from disease.  The sequencing of the human genome, however, presented science with a puzzle: despite their enormous physical variability, humans only have around 20,000 genes capable of coding for these proteins. How can this tiny...

Atlas of the RNA universe takes shape

December 7, 2016

As the floor plan of the living world, DNA guides the composition of animals ranging from unicellular organisms to humans. DNA not only helps shepherd every organism from birth through death, it also plays an essential role in the development of many human diseases. But it wasn’t always so. Long before DNA emerged as the molecule of life, its closely related cousin, RNA (ribonucleic acid), held center stage.  The RNA world refers to a time in earth’s distant past when primitive...

From worms to cancer cures

July 5, 2016

The path from roundworm genes to curing cancer isn’t an easy one. But a handful of students and faculty at Arizona State University are joining forces to increase our understanding of how small biological changes in genes can influence the development, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Two faculty laboratories within ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics — and the students who work there — are fusing fundamental science with clinical research to create more...

New ASU worldwide resource for exploring genes’ hidden messages

December 11, 2015

After a decade-long $3 billion international effort, scientists heralded the 2001 completion of the human genome as a moon landing achievement for biology and the key to finally solving intractable diseases like cancer. But it turns out this was only the end of the beginning, with a much greater complexity to life revealed by the roughly 20,000 genes found within the human genome. For one, most diseases are incredibly complex, with very few caused by a single gene mutation. Rather, the more...

Dissecting the miRNA Interactome in Breast Cancer

November 10, 2015

Marco Mangone, PH.D., Assistant Professor, Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics   Download flier

Biodesign Institute appoints four faculty members to expand research capabilities

October 8, 2011

TEMPE, Ariz. – An oncologist, immunologist, ecologist and geneticist have been hired by Arizona State University to expand the university’s research capabilities. The four new professors will join research teams at the Biodesign Institute® and instruct courses in the School of Life Sciences. The new hires include: Karen Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Biodesign’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics Joseph Blattman, Ph.D., assistant professor in...