Biozona Weekly: Haitian cholera forensics; biofuels at Bioscience High; Banner MD Anderson

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Top bioscience news, August 23-31:  NAU/TGen's Keim leads team tracking cholera outbreak ¶ Bioscience High to derive biofuels from sunflowers ¶ Banner MD Anderson set to open in Gilbert (Plus 3 more stories)

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ASU freshman spends time researching brain tumors
08/31/2011 | East Valley Tribune | Stacie Spring

Tyler Haeberle was a sophomore when he was nominated by one of his teachers at Bioscience High School in Phoenix to the Scientific Enrichment Program for Students, or SEPS, at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. After earning the valedictorian spot at his high school, Haeberle is starting his freshman year at Arizona State University as an honors molecular biology major. Eventually he hopes to earn a PhD and teach and conduct research at a university.


ASU's biomed informatics moves to Mayo Clinic
08/27/2011 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Arizona State University officially has moved its biomedical informatics department to the campus of Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. The move is part of a formal commitment to deepen collaborative efforts between Mayo Clinic and ASU in health care, medical research and education. Some of joint efforts include a nursing eduation program, faculty appointments, dual degree programs, and a variety of collaborative research projects. The two organizations also are jointly working on a new proton beam program.


Vacant downtown lot soon to be location of sunflower field, science project
08/24/2011 | Downtown Devil | Kristen Hwang

Valley of the Sunflowers, a joint effort by the City of Phoenix, Intel, Phoenix Union Bioscience High School and the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, will plant and harvest sunflowers on a parcel of land near Bioscience Hihg. This semester, students will participate in harvesting the sunflower seeds and pressing them for oil, which will then be converted into biodiesel fuel. These students are also engineering a biodiesel car that will run off of the sunflower byproduct.


Whole-Genome Study Nails Haiti-Nepal Cholera Link
08/23/2011 | Science | Martin Enserink

A new study has yielded the most solid evidence yet that U.N. peace-keeping forces from Nepal inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti last year, setting off an epidemic that has killed more than 6000 people so far. The paper, published today in the online open access journal mBIO, is the first to compare the whole genomes of bacteria from Haitian cholera patients with those found in Nepal around the time in 2010 when the peacekeepers left their country.


TGen, Denmark university track cholera outbreak
08/23/2011 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Technical University of Denmark teamed up to track the source of the Haitian cholera outbreak last year that killed more than 6,000 people and sickened 300,000. When volunteers came from all over the world to help the Haitians during the natural disaster, one group of peacekeepers from Nepal brought cholera to the disaster area, according to DNA analysis conducted by TGen and DTU researchers.


Gilbert $109 million cancer center set to open Sept. 26
08/23/2011 | Arizona Republic | John Stanley

Cancer fighters will launch a new offensive against the dread disease next month, when the $109 million Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center opens in Gilbert. "We're looking to create something new," said Pam Nenaber, CEO of both the Banner Gateway Medical Center and the 133,000-square-foot cancer center, which is on Banner's campus off Higley Road, just south of U.S. 60. "And for MD Anderson, it's part of fulfilling their mission of eradicating cancer throughout the nation and the world."