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Peptides offer fresh insights for cancer diagnosis and treatment

March 28, 2018 | News

Genes and proteins play essential roles in the maintenance of health and the development of disease and are the focus of the fields of genomics and proteomics, respectively. Genes, which are composed of 4 nucleic acids, provide the blueprint for constructing all living forms, while proteins, which are composed of some 20 amino acids, are the body’s tireless day laborers, building organs and tissues, forming a complex defense network of antibodies, transporting essential materials to...

Space business is big business

March 28, 2018 | News

Once, space was a vast emptiness beyond earth, hostile and remote. Today, space is humming with satellites essential for global telecommunications and human occupied vehicles that provide an innovative platform for cutting edge scientific research that is benefiting life in space and on Earth. Indeed, many Earth-bound innovations have benefited from space research, from advanced solar cells to developments in parallel computing and major advances in human health. In a path-breaking new...

Biotech pioneers, Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht, win 2018 Stockholm Water Prize

March 22, 2018 | News

By revolutionizing microbiological-based technologies in water and wastewater treatment, Professors Mark van Loosdrecht and Bruce Rittmann have demonstrated the possibilities to remove harmful contaminants from water, cut wastewater treatment costs, reduce energy consumption, and even recover chemicals and nutrients for recycling. Their pioneering research and innovations have led to a new generation of energy-efficient water treatment processes that can effectively extract nutrients and...

New Biodesign Travel Grants send students to Japan, Chicago, Palm Springs

March 21, 2018 | News

Five students affiliated with Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute are the first recipients of the new Biodesign Student Travel Grant. The funding for this program was received from ASU Sun Devil Giving Day, a university-wide event in which Sun Devils from campus and all over the world are invited to show support for the university by engaging in online giving. Supporting students as they travel to career-building conferences is just one way to participate in 2018’s Sun Devil...

New study unveils role of microglial cells, viral linkage in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

March 14, 2018 | News

In their attempts to untangle the mystery of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers have traditionally focused on damage to the basic building blocks of thought—the neurons. Numbering close to a hundred billion, neurons form a communications network of unmatched complexity, helping to oversee essential physical functions and acting as repositories of our identity, emotions and memory.   More recently however, interest in the non-neuronal cells inhabiting the central nervous system...

Cybersecurity expert speaks out on digital threats and bio-inspired solutions, part of “A Sip of Science” series

March 7, 2018 | News

Our current approach to cybersecurity is not working and it threatens our democracy, economy and critical infrastructure, according to ASU Biodesign professor Stephanie Forrest. Forrest spoke to a group of Phoenix area residents Tuesday night for “A Sip of Science” at The Market by Jennifer’s restaurant. Forrest is director of the Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society at Arizona State University and a professor at ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics and Decision...

Biodesign hosts community dialogue on Alzheimer’s disease research, part of “A Sip of Science” series

March 5, 2018 | News

Nearly 80 people attended the Biodesign Institute’s latest “Sip of Science” event Sunday evening at Tomaso's Italian restaurant in Phoenix. Neuroscientists Paul Coleman and Diego Mastroeni took questions from the audience about the latest Alzheimer’s science and efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. “The Brain Explained” was the third event of “A Sip of Science,” a new community dialogue hosted by the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. It brings...

Gemneo Bioscience receives entrepreneurship award from Flinn Foundation

March 1, 2018 | News

Gemneo Bioscience, a genomics technology company seeking to revolutionize diagnosis and treatment for cancer and other diseases, was named last week as one of six Arizona bioscience startup firms that will participate in the Flinn Foundation’s 2018 Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. Gemneo will receive $30,000 in funding support and program services through a nonprofit partner. Gemneo was selected from 30 applicants, a record for the program. “The six companies chosen this year are...

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...