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ASU Alumni Founders' Day to celebrate a pioneer in personalized medicine field

March 8, 2017 | News

Editor’s Note: This story is one in a series of profiles of individuals being honored as part of the ASU Alumni Association’s 2017 Founders’ Day celebration on March 16. Visit the Alumni Association’s website to read the entire series.  Joshua L. LaBaer is being honored at Founders’ Day with the Faculty Research Achievement Award for his groundbreaking work in the emerging field of personalized medicine. He is the interim executive director of the Biodesign Institute...

Method for cleansing waste urine could see it used as a fertiliser

March 1, 2017 | News

US researchers have demonstrated that biochar, essentially burnt plants, can remove pharmaceuticals from urine waste streams. The findings could help recycle urine into agricultural fertilisers.Human urine is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus – just what plants need. However, human urine can also contain pharmaceuticals, the release of which cause worrying developmental effects in aquatic ecosystems, hampering its use as a fertiliser. While some wastewater treatment plants recover...

Harnessing the power of plants

February 22, 2017 | News

Science fiction writers have often described a world where the biological and electronic realms operate in unison to achieve the extraordinary. The successful integration of living matter and electronic components could unlock many new possibilities in biomedicine, environmental sensing, and energy applications. One fascinating natural system that researchers are trying to learn more about is photosynthesis. The process—carried out by plants, algae and some bacteria—holds the secret...

Biodesign opens to surprise the curious at Night of the Open Door

February 22, 2017 | Press Release

Expect the unexpected as you step inside the Biodesign Institute – ASU’s premiere research facility – for the Night of the Open Door Feb. 25, from 3-9 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. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} “Sharing our research with the community is...

ASU symposium examines cheating

February 21, 2017 | News

The guy at work who contributes squat to a team project. The one who develops alligator arms every time the check arrives. The people you’ve had for dinner 20 times who always show up empty-handed. Does it make you feel any better that ants, bees and wasps suffer from similar company? Arizona State University’s first Cooperation and Conflict Symposium was held Thursday, bringing scholars from around campus and the world to discuss “Solving the problem of cheating in large-scale...

ASU’s 100th spinout company individualizes cancer treatment

February 21, 2017 | Press Release

Gemneo Bioscience, the 100th company to spin out from the ideas of ASU faculty and staff, will provide physicians with more optimal cancer treatments and immunotherapies to help improve cancer outcomes. Currently, cancer patients often undergo a variety of regimens, that can all-too-often fail and further compromise the immune system, as physicians try to identify which treatments will work. The trial-and-error approach can increase painful side effects and take valuable time, which for...

Switched-on DNA

February 20, 2017 | Press Release

DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices. Much like flipping your light switch at home---only on a scale 1,000 times smaller than a human hair---an ASU-led team has now developed the first controllable DNA switch to regulate the flow of electricity within a single, atomic-sized molecule.  The new study, led by ASU Biodesign Institute researcher Nongjian Tao, was published in the...

X-ray pulses reveal structure of viral cocoon

February 13, 2017 | News

Scientists analyze smallest ever protein crystals Arizona State University’s Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery (BCASD) and an international team of scientists have used high-intensity X-ray pulses to determine the structure of the crystalline protein envelope of an insect virus. Their analysis reveals the fine details of the building blocks that make up the viral cocoon down to a scale of 0.2 nanometers (millionths of a millimeter) – approaching atom-scale...

Medicine without side effects

February 9, 2017 | News

What Would You Give … For Medicine Without Side Effects? For many battling cancer and other diseases, treatment can be as physically draining as the ailment. Now imagine a medication that fights cancer, but doesn’t fight your body: medicine without side effects. Petra Fromme, director of the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, leads a team of researchers determined to make this a reality. The scientific community took notice when Fromme’s team developed a novel...

ASU researcher focuses energy on future of science

February 9, 2017 | News

  In Q&A, professor Gary F. Moore discusses his work, which includes study of what plants can teach us about solar energy storage ASU researcher Gary F. Moore focuses on the future of science — and he hopes that we as a society do, as well. Moore, an assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and a researcher in the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, studies what plants can teach us about solar energy storage, which currently is too expensive to...