New astrobiology research predicts life 'as we don't know it'

Mechanisms of Evolution

New astrobiology research predicts life 'as we don't know it'

The search for alien life has been restricted to using life on Earth as the reference, essentially looking for “life as we know it” beyond Earth. For astrobiologists looking for

Dr. Jensen

Prof. Jensen named outstanding

This month, the ASU Graduate College has named Jeffrey Jensen as the 2021-2022 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor. Dr. Jensen, associate member of the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution, works in

Michael Lynch

Biodesign researcher Michael Lynch wins coveted lifetime achievement award in genetics

Michael Lynch, director of the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution at Arizona State University, is the winner of the 2022 Genetics Society of America (GSA) Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for his far-reaching and

A biological paradox offers new insights into the mystery of cancer

The cells in the body can be thought of as tiny archery targets, each vulnerable to the deadly arrow of cancer.  The more cells a given animal has and the

Microorganism sheds new light on cancer resistance

 A simple, marine-dwelling creature known as Trichoplax adhaerens has some remarkable properties. The organism can tolerate unusually high doses of radiation that would kill most other forms of life. T.

ASU researcher chosen to be a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Biodesign Institute’s John McCutcheon first at ASU to earn the position For the first time, an Arizona State University researcher has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Michael Lynch

New directions for biology: ASU receives NSF Award for transdisciplinary institute

The National Science Foundation has announced the award of $12.5 million to Arizona State University for the development of a new Biological Integration Institute (BII). The award will initiate a university-wide program, under the

SARS-CoV-2: A theme and variations

The celebrations were well underway. America seemed to be emerging from the depths of the COVID-19 crisis, following some of the darkest days in the nation’s history. A vast reduction in infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities, driven by improved therapies and above all, a suite of highly effective vaccines, had brought a collective sigh of relief. The July 4th festivities were euphorically anticipated, marking not only the nation’s independence from colonial rule but its...

A nomad finds a home in viruses

When Arvind Varsani arrived in the Antarctica for the first time a decade ago, he noted that the world looked black and white — from the sheet ice to the sky to

Strange bedfellows: New research explores a rare case of endosymbiosis

Across nature, symbiotic relationships abound. Recently, a very unusual example of symbiosis at the cellular level was discovered by researchers with the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution at Arizona State University, along

International collaboration to explore cellular mechanics of coral bleaching

Coral bleaching is a global ecological crisis caused by the massive loss of the symbiont dinoflagellate symbiodinium from its coral hosts.

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte

Biodesign evolutionary cell biologist awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship

Arizona State University Assistant Professor Kerry Geiler-Samerotte was recently named a recipient of the 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards available to early career researchers. The fellowship is awarded