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Lecture explores life by other means

February 23, 2015

The lecture, entitled "Where Biochemical Causality and Emergence Meet," was part of a special session: "Searching for Alternative Chemistries of Life on Earth and Throughout the Universe."   The interlinked lectures posed fundamental questions regarding the nature of life and plausible alternatives to what biologists refer to as “the central dogma,” which describes the flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to proteins.   The central dogma neatly describes a process...

ASU Biodesign Institute hosts national proteomics conference

February 19, 2015

Arizona State University will host leaders of a premier national research organization at the 11th Annual U.S. Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) national conference, March 15 through Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Billed as “not your grandparents' proteomics meeting,” this year’s theme of “Next Generation Proteomics” will provide opportunities to experience presentations from top scientists, both up-and-coming and established, on cutting-edge topics.      Among the...

Ebola: new studies model a deadly epidemic

February 5, 2015

On Dec. 26, 2013, a two-year-old boy living in the Guinean village of Meliandou, Guéckédou Prefecture was stricken with a rare disease, caused by the filament-shaped Ebola virus. The child is believed to be the first case in what soon became a flood-tide of contagion, ravaging the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, infecting over 21,000 cases as of Jan. 21, according to the World Health Organization, with nearly 9000 confirmed deaths—the actual toll likely...

Alliance Beverage donates $25,000 to ASU Biodesign Institute

December 23, 2014

Alliance Beverage Charity Golf Classic supports research into melanoma detection Most Arizona golfers know that they should guard against the risks of skin cancer. But few realize that Arizona has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. This year, hundreds of golfers at the Alliance Beverage Charity Golf Classic are helping raise awareness and advance research. Their donation of $25,000 will help accelerate the development of a technology aimed at detecting melanoma – the...

ASU researchers produce devices for early, low-cost cancer diagnosis

December 14, 2014

It’s the one word no one wants to hear escape from their doctor’s lips. But each year, 12.7 million people around the world do. The word is cancer, a disease that kills millions and costs billions to treat. It is a global health threat, affecting the citizens of developed and developing countries alike. Ask an oncologist about the best way to beat the disease, and her response will likely be, “Start treatment as early as possible.” But first, you need to diagnose it. That’s often...

Fernanda Festa garners Phoenix Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40’ honors

June 25, 2013

ASU Biodesign Institute postdoctoral researcher and cancer biologist Fernanda Festa, Ph.D., has been named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Forty Under 40” list, which honors outstanding young leaders in the metropolitan area.  Festa, a native of Brazil, says that the main event that changed her life and gave her the passion to pursue cancer research was the loss of one of her staunchest supporters, her beloved grandfather, who succumbed to glioblastoma (a type of brain...

Array of light for early disease detection?

May 22, 2012

A special feature in the May 11 issue of the journal Science highlights protein array technology, touching on research conducted by Joshua LaBaer, director of the Biodesign Institute’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics. With the successful completion of the Human Genome Project, research attention is increasingly focusing on proteins. Versatile products produced from genetic templates, proteins are principal actors in both the maintenance of health and the onset of...