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Scientists Narrow the Time Limits for the Human and Chimpanzee Split

December 20, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu A team of researchers has proposed new limits on the time when the most recent common ancestor of humans and their closest ape relatives - the chimpanzees - lived. Scientists at Arizona State and Penn State Universities have placed the time of this split between 5 and 7 million years ago - a sharper focus than that given by the previous collection of molecular and fossil studies, which...

ASU Researchers "Wire" DNA to Identify Mutations

December 18, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu A team of ASU researchers led by Nongjian Tao and Peiming Zhang has developed a new, breakthrough technique for the detection of DNA mutations. Their results, published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrate for the first time, the possibility of directly identifying these mutations, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), by means of...

ASU Student Gets National Grant to Develop New Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

December 7, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   Researcher is the First Recipient from the Biodesign Institute to Receive this Type of Award TEMPE, Ariz. – Andrea Downing dreams of developing therapies to help children with cerebral palsy. Now, she has $90,000 to kick those dreams into overdrive. Downing, a graduate student at Arizona State University, was recently announced as a recipient of the Ruth Kirschstein...

Biodesign Institute's Stephen Albert Johnston and Kathryn F. Sykes Awarded $3.2 Million to Develop Vaccine to Thwart Biothreat

December 7, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has been awarded a $3.2 million grant to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the disease tularemia, more commonly known as "rabbit fever." The bacterium that causes the disease, Francisella tularensis , is a potential biothreat agent against which no effective vaccine currently exists. The Biodesign Institute’s Center for...

ASU Spin-Out Company Acquired by Agilent Technologies

December 7, 2005 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu   In a celebratory event held at the Biodesign Institute, Agilent Technologies, Inc., announced it has acquired ASU spin-out company Molecular Imaging Corporation. The company, which is a leading developer of atomic force microscopes and scanning probe microscope systems, was founded in 1993 by ASU professors Stuart Lindsay and Tianwei Jing. Lindsay now directs the Center...

Poste Named ASU Regents' Professor

December 4, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu George Poste, director of the Biodesign Institute and the Del E. Webb Distinguished Professor of Biology, has been named an ASU Regents’ Professor, joining the university’s most prestigious ranks. His selection, along with five other exceptional ASU professors, was ratified Dec. 2 by the Arizona Board of Regents. Regents’ Professors stand out for their accomplishments in...

ASU's Biodesign Institute Honored at Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards

November 29, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   At a sold-out event, Governor Janet Napolitano and Arizona’s technology leaders presented the Innovator of the Year Award for Academia to the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology in the Biodesign Institute at ASU. Accepting the center’s award was Tsafrir Mor, whose team created a novel immune agent that elicits a protective immune response in mouse models of...

Levinson Elected AAAS Fellow

November 28, 2005 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu   Rachel Levinson, director of the Biodesign Institute's Government and Industry Liaison Office, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a prestigious international society. Levinson was selected for "distinguished contributions to the governance of science and technology through dedicated and informed public service,...

Collective Brainpower: Integrated Biosystems Research Workshop

November 17, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Arizona’s Bioscience Researchers Produce Recommendations to Improve Collaborations More than 60 researchers representing some of the leading healthcare and bioscience research institutions in Arizona gathered on November 18 at ASU to discuss ways to strengthen the links within the state’s bioscience community and to build a unique network for integrated biosystems...

Biodesign's Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology Honored at Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards

November 14, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.eduNovember 15, 2005 At a sold-out event, Governor Janet Napolitano and Arizona's technology leaders presented the Innovator of the Year Award for Academia to the Biodesign Institute's Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. The award was presented for groundbreaking work in the area of prevention of HIV, the virus which causes AIDS Accepting the award was researcher Tsafrir Mor, who...