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New review highlights cancer-crushing viruses

November 30, 2021 | News

With the world still in the grip of a devastating pandemic, it’s hard to imagine viruses as something other than hostile enemies to be vanquished. But in a recent review article for the journal Cancers, Masmudur Rahman and Grant McFadden describe a class of viruses that act to combat rather than cause deadly disease. Such oncolytic viruses as they are known, have a remarkable ability to target and destroy cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells untouched. “The field of oncolytic...

Zero waste water

November 29, 2021 | News

ASU researchers see potential in wastewater When you think about wastewater — if you do at all — you probably think of reeking, worthless sewage that you flush down the toilet or sink and never think about again. When Bruce Rittmann thinks about wastewater, he sees potential. Rittmann is a researcher at Arizona State University who is leading a project using the greenhouse gases produced through wastewater treatment to generate electricity, create biofuel and possibly even make ice...

Freeze Frame: Scientists use new electron microscope to explore the mysteries of life

November 29, 2021 | News

In a winding corridor behind a loading dock in the basement of Arizona State University's Schwada building, a group of ASU scientists are meeting in a lab, deeply focused, exploring the mysteries of life.  Tucked in the basement in the heart of the Tempe campus is the only microscope of its kind in Arizona, ASU's Titan Krios, a dedicated cryogenic transmission electron microscope (or cryo-EM) that uses flash-frozen samples to explore the complexities of cellular life.  Associate...

New microscopy method offers 3D tracking of 100 single molecules at once

November 18, 2021 | News

Since its invention over 400 years ago, the microscope has continued to evolve, peering ever deeper into nature’s mysteries at the smallest scales. In new research, Prof. Shaopeng Wang, his postdoctoral research scholar Guangzhong Ma along with their colleagues at the Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors at Arizona State University describe advances in microscopy based on a phenomenon known as surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The new study highlights a series of...

Machine learning IDs mammal species with the potential to spread SARS-CoV-2

November 16, 2021 | News

Back and forth transmission of SARS-CoV-2 between people and other mammals increases the risk of new variants and threatens efforts to control COVID-19. A new study, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, used a novel modelling approach to predict the zoonotic capacity of 5,400 mammal species, extending predictive capacity by an order of magnitude. Of the high-risk species flagged, many live near people and in COVID-19 hotspots. A major bottleneck to predicting high-risk...

ASU biogeochemist awarded prestigious fellowship

November 12, 2021 | News

As a world-renowned microbiologist and biogeochemist, Ferran Garcia-Pichel has developed an understanding of the interconnectivity of the sciences.  He studies microbial communities, examining the way bacteria exist and interact within ecosystems — and what we can glean from the simplicity and adaptability of their mechanisms. His unique skill for distilling breakthroughs from simple observations has gifted us with many influential discoveries. For example, the discovery...

Model behavior

November 9, 2021 | News

ASU computational modelers unleash the power of mathematics and data science to help Arizona conquer COVID From your smartphone’s weather app telling you it will rain on Friday to the check engine light in your car to the safety of the airplane you’re about to board, computational modeling touches your life every day. But what exactly is it? Combining the power of mathematics and data science, computational modeling replicates and forecasts real-world events using computer...

ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Laboratory receives coveted CAP accreditation

November 2, 2021 | News

The Biodesign Clinical Testing Laboratory at Arizona State University has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the nation’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists. The CAP Accreditation Committee has awarded accreditation based on results of rigorous onsite inspection as part of the CAP’s accreditation programs. Since the start of the pandemic, the Biodesign Institute at ASU has dedicated its specialized resources to mass testing for...

COVID-19 and the 2021 Global Supply Chain Crisis

October 18, 2021 | News

Record queues of container ships wait at anchor outside the Port of Los Angeles. A 20-mile traffic jam clogs rail lines in Chicago. Store shelves are bare and shortages of numerous products —from automobiles and laptops to clothing, children’s toys and even Christmas trees are showing up across the country. Given the U.S. has been living with the COVID-19 pandemic for more than 18 months, why are there still kinks in the supply chain? For years, global supply chains expanded and became...

Garbage into gold: circular economy research makes plastic more sustainable

October 14, 2021 | News

Since the 1950s, plastics have changed our lives. But these amazing materials are mostly made of fossil hydrocarbons like oil, gas and coal — and none are biodegradable. So, the vast majority of the 18 trillion pounds of plastic ever produced is now trash in landfills and oceans. While plastic recycling efforts began in the 1980s in the United States, as of 2018, the overall domestic rate of plastics recycling is only 8.7%. “Sustainability of plastics remains a...