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Expert shares advances and opportunities for genetic editing

November 8, 2018

Genome engineering was the subject of the day as Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute kicked off a new lecture series designed to bring science’s preeminent thought leaders to ASU. The Arntzen Grand Challenges Lecture Series launched on Nov. 1 with a presentation by Samuel Sternberg, co-author of A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution—the premiere text on the emergence and future of genetic editing. CRISPR is a revolutionary tool...

Escape from the lab! Six promising biotech start-up companies profiled at all-day symposium

October 1, 2018

  ASU’s many laboratories are seedbeds for an astonishing variety of new ideas. But the path from basic research to real-world applications can be complex, perilous and sometimes, bewildering. Recently, an all-day seminar, hosted at the Biodesign Institute, explored an array of promising research that has escaped the confines of the lab. New spinout companies, based on pathbreaking research, are bringing exciting innovations in the life sciences to market. The gathering was...

Sino-ASU Biodesign Symposium on Biological Science and Technology

July 17, 2018

Leading experts from the United States and China come together for this full-day symposium to discuss the cutting-edge research and applications in translational research, biological technology, nanomedicine and nanosafety. Host: Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics

National Cancer Institute selects Arizona State University to lead revolutionary research in cancer

June 6, 2018

Arizona State University has been awarded more than $8.5 million over five years from the National Cancer Institute to establish the Arizona Cancer and Evolution Center. The grant will establish ASU as a key player and the hub of an international network of research scientists who are dedicated to understanding cancer in an entirely new way. “The establishment of the Arizona Cancer and Evolution Center at ASU by the National Cancer Institute positions the university at the forefront of new...

Why Biodesign executive director Josh LaBaer is optimistic about cancer, part of ‘A Sip of Science’ series

May 10, 2018

ASU Biodesign Institute executive director Josh LaBaer hosted more than 50 community members May 6 at BLD restaurant in Chandler. LaBaer, a leading cancer researcher and also the executive director of the Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, walked the crowd through the latest advances in his field. The conversation was the fifth event in Biodesign’s new “Sip of Science” series, which brings top scientists to local restaurants for an open dialogue about...

Peptides offer fresh insights for cancer diagnosis and treatment

March 28, 2018

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...

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

March 21, 2018

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...

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

February 27, 2018

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...

Study tracks evolutionary transition to destructive cancer

February 23, 2018

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...

Old drug may have new tricks for fighting cancer

February 4, 2018

In recent years, a powerful suite of drugs known as kinase inhibitors have been developed to treat cancer and other diseases. Primary targets of such drugs include a family of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) which protrude from cell surfaces like antennae and can activate cancer-related pathways in virtually all types of cancer when signaling molecules bind with them. In a new study, researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute used an innovative method to screen a broad...