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Posted: Dec 16, 2011
Free podcasts on DNA nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) Boise State University (BSU) recently began a campaign, Beyond The Blue, to bring deserved awareness to their excellent academic programs, (as opposed to their better know football team and blue astroturf,) and is hosting a series of fascinating podcasts spotlighting some of the interesting work happening now.
As part of this campaign, the University has launched a series of podcasts discussing many fascinating topics and updates on current work. Here are a few examples of BSU faculty's work on DNA nanotechnology:
The Future of DNA Nanotechnology
Dr. Hughes is an assistant professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State University, as well as an affiliate faculty and research council member of the Mountain States Tumor & Medical Research Institute at St Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
From a biological perspective, DNA is the language for life. But what may be less widely known is DNA's potential as a programmable building block at the nanoscale. In this podcast, Hughes discusses DNA's potential as an engineering material for building structural scaffolds for nanoelectronic devices and biochemical tools for diagnosing disease. With grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Institutes of Health , the National Science Foundation , and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Hughes and his colleagues in the Nanoscale Materials & Device Research Group are pursuing DNA nanotechnology as a future manufacturing process.
Breast Cancer: Progress in the Search for a Cure
Dr. Jorcyk is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of cancer progression, including breast cancer and prostate cancer.
The statistics are sobering: 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, a devastating disease that can metastasize to the liver, lungs, brain and bone. In this podcast, Jorcyk discusses how breast cancer develops and spreads, current therapies, the challenges involved in a finding a cure, and her research program. The recipient of grants from the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and NASA, Jorcyk is investigating a signaling molecule called Oncostatin M that is produced by breast cancer cells and tumor-associated cells of the immune system, and that may contribute to the progression and spread of tumors.
You can find a list of all BSU faculty podcasts here.