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Reflections, commentary and analysis from Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.
CSPO Mourns Passing of Dave Conz:
All of us at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University mourn the passing of our colleague, assistant research professor David Conz. Dave’s kinetic curiosity and unshackled imagination focused on how things get made and who makes them. He worked to understand the similarities and differences between professionally-trained, institutional scientists and engineers who built experimental reactors designed to fuse hydrogen or extract fats from huge glass tubes filled with algae, and their self-taught, hacker and maker counterparts who labor in “gyms for geeks” to build their do-it-yourself dreams.
CSPO/SST Visiting Assistant Professor:
CSPO and the School of Social Transformation at ASU seek to fill one position of visiting assistant professor in the field of science, technology, and social transformation, for the 2013-2014 academic year. The successful candidate will teach two undergraduate courses for SST and one graduate course for CSPO, perform research and publish in areas of expertise, and participate in university, professional and community service activities
Supreme Court Asks: Can Human Genes Be Patented?:
Today the Supreme Court tackles a truly 21st century issue — whether human genes may be patented. Myriad Genetics, a Utah biotechnology company, discovered and
isolated two genes that are highly associated with
hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Myriad patented its discovery, giving it a 20-year monopoly over use of the genes for research, diagnostics and treatment. A group of researchers, medical groups and patients sued, challenging the patent as invalid. There is no way to overstate the importance of this case to the future of science and medicine.
April 15, 2013
Biological computer created at Stanford:
In the foreseeable future,
humans might carry microscopic natural computers inside their cells
that could guard against disease and warn of toxic threats based on a
Stanford research achievement. A team of engineers there has invented genetic transistors,
completing a simple computer within a living cell, a major step forward
in the emerging field of synthetic biology.