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ASU's Biodesign Institute hosts thousands of visitors for Open Door 2018

February 27, 2018 | News

More than 2,600 people walked the halls of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute Saturday during the seventh annual ASU Open Door event. Kids of all ages and their families enjoyed nearly 40 science exhibits and activities organized by 16 research centers at Biodesign.  Guests had the chance to take a selfie and watch their face evolve with computer software, put on a spacesuit and do a microbiology experiment on the International Space Station, see how treatments to fight...

Better vaccines through innovative DNA immunization

February 27, 2018 | News

Proteins are central players in life processes and are among the most versatile and essential biomolecules. Structural proteins help build and repair tissue, including bones, cartilage, muscles, skin and blood. Enzyme proteins are essential to many chemical reactions, while antibodies—responsible for immune defenses against disease—consist of Y-shaped proteins produced by B cells. Other proteins subtly regulate the expression of genes and perform many other vital tasks. Adorning the...

Going with the DNA flow: molecule of life finds new uses in microelectronics

February 26, 2018 | News

For sheer versatility, there’s no molecule quite like DNA. The iconic double-helix carries the genetic blueprint for living forms ranging from single-celled organisms to human beings. Recently, researchers have found that DNA’s remarkable properties of self-assembly and its ability to conduct electrical charge over considerable distance make it ideally suited for myriad applications, including tiny electronic circuits and computing devices, nanorobots and new advances in...

Study tracks evolutionary transition to destructive cancer

February 23, 2018 | News

Evolution describes how all living forms cope with challenges in their environment, as they struggle to persevere against formidable odds. Mutation and selective pressure—cornerstones of Darwin’s theory—are the means by which organisms gain an advantageous foothold or pass into oblivion.  In a new study, researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute led an international team to explore how evolutionary processes guide the pathways of cells. Their results, which appear in the advanced...

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...