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Biodesign scientists to tackle West Nile virus by developing tobacco plant-based therapeutics

January 28, 2008 | News

Scientists from ASU’s Biodesign Institute and Polytechnic Campus have embarked on an ambitious, four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Disease to tackle West Nile virus. Lily Lai and Chana Uppalapati, research technician (background), with a fresh batch of young tobacco plants used in the West Nile virus research project. The plants produce antibodies against the virus in the leaves of the plants. The material is harvested a couple of weeks...

Andrew Fire, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, visits Biodesign

January 22, 2008 | News

Dr. Andrew Z. Fire, professor of pathology and genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine and 2006 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, will present a lecture on Friday, January 25, at 3 p.m. in the Biodesign Institute’s main auditorium. In 1998, Fire, along with Craig Mello, discovered a new mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information. This mechanism, called RNA interference (RNAi), is responsible for switching off genes. RNA interference is a widespread basic...

$22M investment funds fresh ASU initiatives

January 10, 2008 | News

Arizona State University has received two gifts totaling $22 million to make seed investments in research areas that push the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Donors Brian and Kelly Swette of Pebble Beach, Calif., and Sharon Dupont McCord and Robert McCord of Paradise Valley, Ariz., have made separate commitments to establish endowments at the ASU Foundation worth $10 million and $12 million, respectively. The endowments have been combined into an Intellectual Fusion...

Nanotechnology innovation may revolutionize gene detection in a single cell

January 9, 2008 | News

Scientists at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have developed the world’s first gene detection platform made up entirely from self-assembled DNA nanostructures. The results, appearing in the January 11 issue of the journal Science, could have broad implications for gene chip technology and may also revolutionize the way in which gene expression is analyzed in a single cell. "We are starting with the most well-known structure in biology, DNA, and applying it as a...

New insights into fuel cell that uses bacteria to generate electricity from waste

January 3, 2008 | News

Researchers at the Biodesign Institute are using the tiniest organisms on the planet —bacteria— as a viable option to make electricity. In a new study featured in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering, lead author Andrew Kato Marcus and colleagues César Torres and Bruce Rittmann have gained critical insights that may lead to commercialization of a promising microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology. “We can use any kind of waste, such as sewage or pig manure, and the microbial fuel...

Science Foundation Arizona Awards Boost ASU Research Initiatives

December 9, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Capping off its inaugural year of funding several research initiatives, Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) has been a major catalyst in enhancing Arizona State University’s research portfolio. This statewide public/private partnership made possible by an appropriation from the Governor and state legislature awarded more than $8 million to ASU research awards in 2007. "The state...

New ASU Interdisciplinary PhD Graduate Program in Biological Design Set for Launch

December 6, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu First Graduate Student class of 2008 applicant deadline due Jan. 1, 2008 To help meet the need of Arizona’s booming bioscience sector and create the next generation of highly skilled, interdisciplinary scientists, the Arizona Board of Regents recently approved an innovative ASU graduate degree in Biological Design. The Biological Design PhD degree program seeks to attract and train...

Leading bioengineer named to Biodesign Institute Advisory Board

November 12, 2007 | News

Julie Kurth, Communication Manager (480) 727-9386 | julie.kurth@asu.edu The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has named biological engineer Drew Endy, Ph.D., to its advisory board. Endy is an assistant professor in the biological engineering department at MIT, where he co-founded the Synthetic Biology working group and the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. He organized the first International Conference on Synthetic Biology and his synthetic biology labs led to the...

Big Buzz: Landmark fruit fly DNA study advances genetics

November 11, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu The humble fruit fly has played a lead role on the scientific stage for more than a century. Tiny picnic pests to us, flies from a single species, Drosophila melanogaster, have provided a bounty of Nobel Prize winning discoveries for researchers in the fields of genetics and developmental biology, and helped serve as models of human diseases such as Parkinson’s and cancer. Now, in a...

ASU launches renewable biofuel research initiative with BP and SFAz

November 1, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu November 2, 2007   Arizona State University has announced a significant research partnership with energy company BP and Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) to develop a renewable source of biofuel. The research effort focuses on using a specially optimized photosynthetic bacterium to produce biodiesel, a sustainable high-energy fuel that can be used in conventional...