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What are you going to do about it?

March 12, 2015 | Blog

“You folks are doing fabulous, world-changing work here.” -Jude LaCava   Guest blogger and local Fox10 sportscaster Jude LaCava shares with us his personal story of how he became involved in supporting game-changing Biodesign cancer research.    by Jude LaCava I live in a world of games as a sports reporter.  Covering athletic contests is like covering the toy department of life. But my passion is what really matters in life and that is life...

Can marine plastic pollution end up on our dinner plate?

February 3, 2015 | Blog

When you hear the phrase, 'What's for dinner?,' the furthest answer from anyone's mind would be toxic plastics. Yet investigators are researching whether consumption of plastic debris by marine organisms translates back into our food chain as toxic exposures for people who eat seafood.   In a feature article in the NIEHS' flagship publication, Environmental Health Perspectives, Nate Seltenrich examined the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean, tracing the path from plastic pollution,...

I'm flipped

January 27, 2015 | Blog

When I heard that Flip the Clinic was hitting the road for a series of regional meetings, I was thrilled. Though my residential address is not technically in the Bay Area, my ethos has a local zip code – so away I went!   As a Flip the Clinic Ally, Project HoneyBee has been fortunate to witness Flip the Clinic’s evolution from a conversation (enabled by a really cool website) to a real-world open experiment. That being said, I still didn’t know what to expect from the Lab...

Mission update on NASA's Spacestation Live

January 27, 2015 | Blog

One of the new investigations delivered to the International Space Station by the recentSpaceX Dragon cargo ship is designed to improve our understanding of the risks of infections that long-duration space travelers face, and it uses roundworms to do the work. Recently NASA's Brandi Dean received an update from Cheryl Nickerson, a professor of life sciences with the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, who is the principal investigator of the experiment known as...

A positive spin on cancer

December 16, 2014 | Blog

It’s the one word no one wants to hear escape from their doctor’s lips. But each year, 12.7 million people around the world do. The word is cancer, a disease that kills millions and costs billions to treat. It is a global health threat, affecting the citizens of developed and developing countries alike. Ask an oncologist about the best way to beat the disease, and her response will likely be, “start treatment as early as possible.” But first, you need to diagnose it. That’s often...

Orchestrating big science

December 15, 2014 | Blog

ASU graduate student Hansa Done has found that her passion for playing violin and pursuit of scientific research have many commonalities. In each case, hours of study, honing technique and the ability to master an instrument are propelling her to make an impact as part of a larger ensemble. To learn more of Hansa Done’s aquaculture research project, go to:biodesign.asu.edu/news/fish-tale-new-study-evaluates-antibiotic-content-in-farm-raised-fish

ASU researchers produce devices for early, low-cost cancer diagnosis

December 14, 2014 | Blog

It’s the one word no one wants to hear escape from their doctor’s lips. But each year, 12.7 million people around the world do. The word is cancer, a disease that kills millions and costs billions to treat. It is a global health threat, affecting the citizens of developed and developing countries alike. Ask an oncologist about the best way to beat the disease, and her response will likely be, “Start treatment as early as possible.” But first, you need to diagnose it. That’s often...

A DNA love song

November 19, 2014 | Blog

Hollywood look out.    A group of researchers set their pipettors aside to create the stop-motion video romance "DNA Love Song." The team, ASU NanoDevils, have written a song and companion music video that follows the couple, a lonely DNA tile in search of its protein mate, whose attraction allows them to overcome obstacles. They become the new Fred & Ginger of the molecular world, "sticking together like two birds of a feather."   The production was made for BIOMOD,...

ASU's key role in experimental Ebola drug featured on BBC Horizon, PBS NOVA documentaries

October 10, 2014 | Blog

As the largest Ebola epidemic in history threatens to spiral out of control, scientists around the world are racing to find a cure. Recently, the documentary teams of BBC's Horizon and PBS's NOVA met with front line responders in the fight to contain Ebola, and the highly experimental treatments developed for those infected.   Among those featured was Charles Arntzen, a Regents' Professor, founding director of the Biodesign Institute at ASU and pioneer in plant-based therapeutics, who...

What is microgravity?

October 10, 2014 | Blog

For half a century, humans have reached for the stars to achieve exploration beyond the friendly confines of our tiny blue dot within the solar system.    Astronauts have boldly gone from the Earth to the Moon, flown 135 space shuttle missions, and continuosly orbited onboard the national science lab of the International Space Station.  This near Earth orbital environment, called microgravity, has been a rich source for scientists to conduct experiments to answer fundamental...