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Study investigates new weapons against African swine fever

February 21, 2018 | News

African swine fever is a highly contagious, viral infection affecting pigs. It has devastated domestic herds in many regions and brought economic hardship. The rapid spread of this disease has become a serious concern to wildlife biologists and veterinarians. No adequate vaccine exists to protect against African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV), the cause of this ailment, and efforts to arrest the spread of ASFV have been largely ineffective. In a new study, researchers from Arizona State...

Let your inner scientist run wild in the Biodesign Institute for ASU Open Door

February 16, 2018 | News

Experience hands-on fun for all-ages inside the Biodesign Institute for ASU Open Door Feb. 24, from 1–6 p.m. The annual open house in Tempe offers thrill seekers, lifelong learners, science gurus and art enthusiasts to experience what happens at the most innovative university in the nation. “Getting our community comfortable with science and new technologies is critical to our environment, our health and our security,” said Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the institute. “We aim...

ASU Biodesign Assistant Professor Gary Moore recognized nationally as exceptional mentor

February 15, 2018 | News

The importance of doctoral advisers can hardly be overstated, but when you talk to ARCS Foundation Scholars about the guidance they have received, you understand the adviser’s vital role. Three advisers from across the U.S., including Gary Moore, an assistant professor in Arizona State University's Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and School of Molecular Sciences, have recently been recognized by ARCS for their work in this realm. The nominations come from ARCS scholars...

Biodesign researcher leads community discussion on plastic in the ocean, part of “A Sip of Science” series

February 13, 2018 | News

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute hosted the second event of its new series, “A Sip of Science,” Sunday afternoon at the Tavern Americana restaurant in Scottsdale. Biodesign researcher Charlie Rolsky described his work, explained the growing threat of plastic pollution in the ocean and took questions from a standing-room-only crowd. Guests from the community snacked on hors d’oeuvres as Rolsky explained how he got involved in this research at ASU. Rolsky is a doctoral...

Cancer-fighting nanorobots programmed to seek and destroy tumors

February 12, 2018 | News

Study shows first applications of DNA origami for nanomedicine  In a major advancement in nanomedicine, Arizona State University (ASU) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have successfully programmed nanorobots to shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply.    “We have developed the first fully autonomous, DNA robotic system for a very precise drug design...

Survival of all-female fish species points to its DNA

February 12, 2018 | News

The very rare animals that reproduce asexually — only about one in a thousand of all vertebrate species — are thought to be at an extreme fitness and ecological disadvantage compared to their sexual counterparts, who always reshuffle their DNA to make each offspring genetically unique. But that theory doesn’t hold true for the Amazon molly, an all-female fish species that scientists have now traced back its evolutionary history to show that is has thrived for millennia in the...

Biodesign’s “Penguin Whisperer” kicks off “A Sip of Science” series

February 9, 2018 | News

ASU’s own “Penguin Whisperer” kicked off the Biodesign Institute’s new event series, “A Sip of Science,” Thursday night at the George and Dragon restaurant in central Phoenix. Dressed for the occasion in a penguin suit, molecular virologist Arvind Varsani entertained the crowd of over 40 people with stories about penguins, viruses and life as a researcher working in Antarctica. “What do you call a penguin in the desert?” Varsani joked. “A lost penguin!” Varsani is an...

Old drug may have new tricks for fighting cancer

February 4, 2018 | Press Release

In recent years, a powerful suite of drugs known as kinase inhibitors have been developed to treat cancer and other diseases. Primary targets of such drugs include a family of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) which protrude from cell surfaces like antennae and can activate cancer-related pathways in virtually all types of cancer when signaling molecules bind with them. In a new study, researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute used an innovative method to screen a broad...

Josh LaBaer appears on PBS's Arizona Horizon to launch "A Sip of Science"

February 1, 2018 | News

Josh LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, appeared on Arizona Horizon Wednesday night to launch “A Sip of Science.” Watch the interview with Ted Simons on Arizona PBS above. “A Sip of Science” is a program that invites you to join in casual conversation at local restaurants with notable researchers and scientists. Join us to learn about some of the world’s most fascinating and current scientific issues. “A Sip of Science” talks will...

Energy storehouses in the brain may be source of Alzheimer’s, targets of new therapy

January 23, 2018 | News

Alzheimer’s disease, a severely debilitating and ultimately fatal brain disorder, affects millions worldwide. To date, clinical efforts to find a cure or adequate treatment have met with dispiriting failure. The disease is now on an ominous course of expansion, due in part to an aging population, and is poised to become a global health emergency. The enigmatic ailment—first described over 100 years ago—remains the only leading killer without effective treatment, prevention or...