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Friday, August 15, 2008
by Linley Erin Hall

Ion channels are proteins found in a cell’s membrane. Scientists are using ion channels to create new sensors, drugs, and medical devices.

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

Can someone else own the genes in your body? In the U.S., they can. Find out how and why.

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

To receive a U.S. patent, an invention must be considered new, useful, and non-obvious. You cannot patent inventions that are already widely used or described, that have no useful purpose, or that would be obvious to anyone with ordinary skill in that art.

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

Marketplace in TanzaniaAt ASU, Bert Jacobs studies how to fight viruses with biological tools. But every summer, he travels to Africa to fight one virus--HIV--with a different weapon: education.

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

Algae is the gunk that collects in your fish tank and makes you slip on rocks while crossing a stream. You probably think of algae as a nuisance, if you even bother to think of it at all. Milt Sommerfeld and Qiang Hu think of algae as one of the most useful things in existence. And they think about it every day.