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Fruit fly research could benefit humans

Undergraduate molecular bioscience/biotechnology major, Erica Heinrich, works as a researcher in the laboratory of Professor Jon F. Harrison. Heinrich studies oxygen-deprivation levels in fruit flies.

Cyanobacteria for solar fuel

ASU researchers are developing optimized versions of cyanobacteria to produce biofuel.

Algae energy

ASU scientists are working to make cost-effective, renewable fuel from algae.

Life, interrupted

Why did the earliest life on Earth--mostly bacteria--remain virtually unchanged for a billion years?

Fuels of green

Where some people see slime, Milt Sommerfeld and his colleagues see fuel and food. They believe algae can provide solutions to some of the trickiest environmental problems looming right in front of us.

Shedding light on photosynthesis

By crystallizing and imaging photosystem I, scientists are learning how the 2.5-billion-year-old process of photosynthesis actually works.

Perfect separation: Mitosis as art

When ASU cell biologist Robby Roberson looks through a microscope, he sees works of art.

Preaching about biodiversity...without being too obvious

"A flurry of movements in and around the dried flower stalks of the big brittlebush in the middle of the yard catch my eye, and I wander over to see what's up. There I find a mob of small native bees flying from flower stalk to flower stalk," writes naturalist John Alcock. The author of nine books, Alcock teaches graduate-level "popular science writing," teaching students how to turn the arcane and incomprehensible into something relevant and beautiful. Part one in a three-part series.

Bacteria for biofuel

Cyanobacteria invented a perfect way to extract energy from the sun more than 2 billion years ago. Wim Vermaas thinks these busy bacteria would make an excellent biofuel.

Catching some rays: Harnessing the power of photosynthesis

Photosynthesis may hold the key to curing humans of their addiction to oil and other fossil fuels.