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Managing the microbiome raises new hope for autism

17-Nov-2020

According to the Centers for Disease Research, 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) each year, and the number has been rising. The disease causes perplexing, lifelong developmental disabilities, which usually arise during early childhood and affect social skills, ...

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X-ray eyes peer deeper into deadly pathogen

11-Mar-2020

Tularemia is a rare but often lethal disease. It is caused by one of the most aggressive pathogens on earth, the bacterium Francisella tularensis. The microbe, transported by a variety of animals and insects, is able to enter and attack the body through a range of pathways, resulting in different ...

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An innovative new diagnostic for Lyme disease

28-Aug-2019

When researchers examined the DNA of Ötzi, a man entombed in ice high in the Tyrolean Alps some 5,300 years ago, they made a startling discovery. Secreted within the tangles of the ice man's genetic code was evidence he'd been infected with a bacterial pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi. Ötzi is the ...

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Key mysteries of spider silk unraveled

25-Oct-2018

Scientists at ASU are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders spin - weight for weight - at least five times as strong as steel. One of the fundamental mysteries of spider silk which has limited scientists' ability to produce artificial ...

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In the fight against Alzheimer's, Down syndrome may hold vital clues

18-Oct-2018

At first glance, Down syndrome (DS) and Alzheimer's disease (AD), two severe brain abnormalities, may seem to have little in common. Down syndrome is a hereditary disease, the source of which has long been recognized--a triplication of chromosome 21. By contrast, the overwhelming majority of ...

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Liver-on-a-chip, the ideal test environment for CRISPR

16-Oct-2018

Two Arizona State University professors are among the first recipients ofSomatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) grants from the National Institutes of Health Common Fund. The $2,600,000, five-year grant will fund the first study of the genome editing technology CRISPR to be used on a "human liver ...

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Going with the DNA flow: Molecule of life finds new uses in microelectronics

28-Feb-2018

For sheer versatility, there's no molecule quite like DNA. The iconic double-helix carries the genetic blueprint for living forms ranging from single-celled organisms to human beings. Recently, researchers have found that DNA's remarkable properties of self-assembly and its ability to conduct ...

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Spaghetti-like, DNA 'noodle origami' the new shape of things to come for nanotechnology

18-Dec-2017

For the past few decades, scientists have been inspired by the blueprint of life, DNA, as the shape of things to come for nanotechnology. This burgeoning field is called DNA origami. Scientist borrowed its moniker from the paper artists who conjure up birds, flowers and planes from imaginatively ...

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Fueling the future

Scientists promote new method of algal hydrogen production

14-Nov-2017

Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a new NSF grant awarded to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P). The goal of Redding and his ...

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Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals

03-Jul-2017

Whether or not society shakes its addiction to oil and gasoline will depend on a number of profound environmental, geopolitical and societal factors. But with current oil prices hovering around $50 dollars a barrel, it won't likely be anytime soon. Despite several major national research ...

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