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December 9, 2015

ASU Biodesign Institute employees share their work through the power of visuals

They say a picture is worth a thousand words — something that can be especially handy when talking about science. ASU researchers used the power of high resolution photography to share their work through a photo contest called Seeing Science, presented by ASU’s Biodesign Institute. From the microscopic to the macroscopic, images of science’s wonders present a creative view of an analytical discipline.

Out of more than 170 entries, a winner was selected for six categories: Photomicroscopy, Science, Artistic Science, People at Work, Science and Nature, and Smartphone. Best of Show, People's Choice and Judges Choice (Honorable Mention) awards were also given.

Take a look at the winners below:

ASU Insight: Reframing the Debate around CRISPR and Genome Editing

December 9, 2015

December 09, 2015 8:30am—10:30am  Emma Frow, Assistant Professor Emma Frow, Assistant Professor in the School of Biological & Health Systems Engineering and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Download Full Image


Researchers’ ability to alter and design genomes has taken a leap forward in recent years with the development of CRISPR, a remarkably precise genome-editing tool that scientists are now using in many species (including bacteria, plants, and mammals). The spotlight on CRISPR has intensified dramatically since the April 2015 publication of the first study using CRISPR in human embryos. Scientists are at the forefront in responding to this development, and are setting up meetings and committees to discuss the implications, direction, and regulation of genome-editing technologies. In doing so, they are largely defining the terms of public debate. This talk will discuss this now-familiar pattern of action around emerging technologies. What are the limits to this approach? To what extent can or should scientists shape society’s response to new technologies? Do we need new models for responsible governance of biotechnology in the 21st century?

Ken Fagan

Videographer, ASU Now