August 28, 2015

Life Science


Climate change lethal to baby lizards: Nests become heat traps

A team of biologists led by Arizona State University investigators has discovered that lizard embryos die when subjected to a temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit even for a few minutes.


No shot needed, bees vaccinate their babies naturally

With the discovery of how bees naturally vaccinate their babies, researchers can now develop the first vaccine for the insects, one that could be used to fight serious diseases that decimate beehives.


News coverage | Life Science:  New era of wildfire-fighting combines a century of strategies

In an article for Slate magazine's "Future Tense" section, ASU professor Stephen Pyne discusses how a century of fighting wildfires with different methods have come together to create a new approach.


Research | News coverage | Life Science:  New research reveals poor communication between sex chromosomes

According to a Smithsonian Magazine feature titled "Human Sex Chromosomes Are Sloppy DNA Swappers," ASU assistant professor Melissa Wilson Sayres has discovered that the X and Y chromosome are not very neat when pairing and sharing DNA.


Resilient cities: Changing the way we think about urban infrastructure

ASU's UREx Sustainability Research Network is exploring how extreme weather events affect urban infrastructure and how we can make cities more resilient.


Alum helps ASU microbiology students realize their dreams

In 1992, ASU alumnus alumnus Michael Peddecord began contributing to the university's microbiology-program scholarship fund and hasn't stopped since.


ASU, Arizona Christian University partnership a boon for biology students

ASU and Arizona Christian University's new partnership allows third-year students at the private accredited Christian school to transfer seamlessly into ASU’s biology program. The partnership reflects ASU's commitment to expanding interdisciplinary opportunities.


ASU researcher disputes claim that humans can distinguish 1 trillion odors

Rick Gerkin, an assistant research professor with ASU's School of Life Sciences, said the data used in a study made public last year does not support the claim the human nose is capable of distinguishing at least 1 trillion odors.


Life-sciences alum nurtures love of animals through research

Many animal lovers dream of becoming veterinarians, but some realize during college that there are other ways to interact with animals. Susannah French, a 2006 alumna of ASU's School of Life Sciences, chose one such path and is now an assistant professor at Utah State University studying reptiles and their environment.


'Swarm Intelligence' scientist joins ASU

Physicist Eric Bonabeau, one of the world's leading experts in complex systems and adaptive problem solving, has joined Arizona State University and the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems.

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