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Environmental entrepreneurs receive national recognition

November 14, 2019 | News

Identified as “a powerful new model for the environmental field,” Professor Rolf Halden’s One Water One Health, an environmental justice organization, launched at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University , has been selected by The J.M. Kaplan Fund to receive an award of $175,000 over the course of three years. Halden’s organization is one of three environment-focused awardees and seven additional social innovation awardees, chosen from a field of 1,354 entries from all 50...

Photosynthesis seen in a new light by rapid X-ray pulses

November 8, 2019 | News

The ability to transform sunlight into energy is one of Nature’s more remarkable feats. Scientists understand the basic process of photosynthesis, but many crucial details remain elusive, occurring at dimensions and fleeting time scales long deemed too minuscule to probe. Now, that is changing. In a new study, led by Petra Fromme and Nadia Zatsepin at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, the School of Molecular Sciences and the Department of Physics at ASU, researchers...

Myxoma's viral leap into Iberian hares sheds light on how viruses swap genetic material

November 6, 2019 | News

Viruses are all around us – they are present in most environments, lying in wait for the optimal host, and they even reside within our bodies, whether we know it or not. While hopping from species to species, these viruses can swap genetic material with each other and sometimes even with the host. In fact, over the course of millions of years, viral DNA has been integrated into human chromosomes. It is estimated that about 100,000 pieces of viral DNA have merged with human DNA, making up...

That’s a switch! Synthetic circuits regulate gene expression

November 4, 2019 | News

During the first flickering of life on earth, ribonucleic acid (RNA) occupied center stage. Since its shadowy beginnings, RNA has become a basic constituent of all living cells, faithfully transcribing DNA messages contained in genes and translating these into proteins. Now, Alex Green and his group at ASU’s Biodesign Institute and scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Northwestern University, along with a group of...

Electrifying science: new study describes conduction through proteins

October 30, 2019 | News

Amid the zoo of biomolecules essential to life, enzymes are among the most vital. Without these specialized proteins, which speed up the rates of chemical reactions, thousands of essential life processes, from cell growth and digestion to respiration and nerve function, would be impossible. In new research, Stuart Lindsay and his colleagues investigate a recently discovered feat carried out by enzymes, and most likely, all proteins. Under proper conditions, they can act as superb conductors...

Scientists find solution to Gulf War Illness in FDA-approved antiviral drugs

October 23, 2019 | News

A team of scientists, including Efrem Lim, a virologist at the Arizona State University Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics  and assistant professor at the School of Life Sciences, has shown that adjusting GI tract viruses by repurposing existing FDA-approved antiviral drugs offers a route for effective treatment for Gulf War Illness (GWI) and its myriad of symptoms. Their findings were published in the journal, Viruses. “Viruses in the human microbiome have...

NASA Artemis project awards grant to Jiseon Yang to study ways to protect water for space travelers

October 22, 2019 | News

Water is Life: on Earth and in space Water is essential to life. Without it, humans can survive for only days. NASA spaceflights are reliant on water for successful space travel. Supplying enough water to sustain life in the very cramped quarters of a spacecraft or space station is not an easy order to fill. Now, armed with a $750,000 grant from the NASA Artemis project, Jiseon Yang, a researcher at the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics at Arizona State...

Biodesign startup OncoMyx Therapeutics, Inc. receives Fast Lane Award from AZBio

October 15, 2019 | News

The Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) named OncoMyx Therapeutics, Inc.,  an Arizona State University Biodesign Institute startup, as a Fast Lane Company for 2019. Other Arizona companies to receive the distinction during Arizona Biosciences Week this year were Biosensing Instrument, Tempe, Arizona, and Gt Medical Technologies, Mesa, Arizona. The annual award recognizes Arizona bioscience companies that have arrived at significant milestones during the past 18 months. Impact...

Combining forces: Biophysicists study molecular effects of asthma drugs

October 11, 2019 | News

A research team from the MIPT Center for Molecular Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Related Diseases collaborated with colleagues from the U.S., Canada, France and Germany to determine the spatial structure of the CysLT1 receptor in a paper published in Science Advances (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax2518). Amongst these collaborators were three researchers from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery: Wei Liu, also an assistant professor in the...

ASU's Biodesign C receives top sustainability honor

October 9, 2019 | News

The Biodesign Institute C building on the Arizona State University Tempe campus recently earned LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The $120-million Biodesign C project is the fifth ASU building to receive a platinum certification, and second this year, along with the net zero energy Student Pavilion. A platinum ranking is the highest green building ranking under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...