Students clean wastewater with bacteria

April 1, 2014 | Blog

A team of Arizona State University students has developed a low-cost technology that uses bacteria to clean wastewater. In the process, it produces hydrogen gas, a renewable energy resource. Their company, Arbsource, grew out of Bruce Rittmann's Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, and was supported through ASU's Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, which provides funding, office space and mentoring to student-led startups. Do you have a great idea for a company? Wanna be the...

Student researcher climbs to new heights

March 20, 2014 | Blog

Angela Edwards, a researcher in the Biodesign Institute's Center for Molecular Design and Biomimicry talks about her passion for leading-edge science and the joys of rock climbing.

Coming to a Mall Near You: Personalized Medicine?

March 20, 2014 | Blog

Arizona State University’s Emerge 2014, March 5-7, promises to be a “Carnival of the Future” – a radically creative, playful and challenging approach to the future world we actually want to make. It will feature massively public, evening-long adventures under a big tent showcasing cutting-edge performance and swarming, flying technology along with incisive visions of the future that obliterate the traditional boundaries between engineering, arts, sciences and humanities. Learn more...

Are colon cancer patients getting the best treatment possible?

March 12, 2014 | Blog

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, with blue ribbons symbolizing hope for those suffering from the disease.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., second only to lung cancer. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease, with more than 50,000 deaths.   A recent article in Medscape Medical News explored the treatment regimens for individuals...

Illuminating and inspiring more than 1700 minds at Night of the Open Door

March 6, 2014 | Blog

The downpour didn't dampen spirits nor the record turnout for ASU's annual Night of the Open Door. At ASU's Biodesign Institute, more than 1,700 inquisitive visitors came through our doors----a little wet, but eager to explore.   And for the 200 Biodesign volunteers who participated, it was an equally exciting night to showcase our amazing science during the one and only day we literally unlock the doors of our 24/7 secure facility for all of the general public to see. See our...

ASU Alumni honor Roy Curtiss at 2014 Founders' Day

March 5, 2014 | Blog

The Founders' Day Faculty Research Award was presented last week to an ASU faculty member, Roy Curtiss, whose research is transforming health for individuals and communities in Arizona, the nation and the world.   ASU Biodesign Institute research and School of Life Sciences professor Roy Curtiss III has led a distinguished career in scientific research that has spanned more than a half-century. He was honored for his contributions to genetic engineering and his development of new...

Rittmann, Elser discuss phosphorous issue and potential power of poop

March 3, 2014 | Blog

ASU Regents’ Professor Jim Elser and Bruce Rittmann have been raising public awareness on a chemical commodity that may represent the equivalent of the peak oil supply issue for the 21st century---an element called phosphorous. In an article in Slate’s Future Tense called “The Dirty Way to Feed 9 Billion People” and an appearance on local PBS affiliate KAET’s Horizon, Elser and Rittmann, underscore the importance of phosphorous as the “bedrock of modern...

W. Va. incident underscores drinking water issues

January 15, 2014 | Blog

How safe is our water supply? It's usually something we take for granted going about our daily lives.   But with some 85,000 man-made chemicals introduced into the environment, the potential for contamination is very real---as hundreds of thousand of West Virginians found out first hand last week when a mysterious chemical was found in the Elk River, upstream from their drinking water supply.   The chemical, called 4-methyl-cyclohexane-methanol, or MCHM, is used to clean coal....

FDA reconsiders regulation of soap ingredients

January 7, 2014 | Blog

In society's never ending quest to rid itself of pesky germs, are we trading off our long-term health and the health of our planet? Recently, the Food and Drug Administration has revisited the issue regarding the safety of some of the most common antibacterial household products, such as the active ingredients in soaps and toothpaste.   The FDA said that it was requiring soap manufacturers to demonstrate that the substances were safe or to take them out of the products...

Gut research gains national attention

December 11, 2013 | Blog

Should we blame it on our microbes? Along with a likely middle-aged paunch, the average 40-year old packs on a few extra pounds just from the trillions of bacteria that hitch a ride by growing deep inside the human gut. It's estimated that a 1,000 species of bacteria may take up a permanent gut residence to help humans digest food and make essential nutrients.   Now, in a new article, Washington Post writer Marlene Cimons took a closer look at these microbes, asking whether or not...