Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; TGen finds urine test could detect cancer; More startups, patents in 2020 for ASU, UArizona

April 29, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

Arizona public health leaders are stressing the importance of people returning for their second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines while the number of shots administered statewide decreased last week. Yet there is hope more people will become vaccinated because appointments are no longer necessary at state-run sites and the shots are becoming more available in the community.

Some Arizonans are skipping their second COVID-19 vaccine shots. Experts say it’s needed  / Arizona Republic

Expert hopes distributed vaccine sites will lower COVID-19 cases / KJZZ

‘End stage of pandemic’—TGen infectious disease expert optimistic about future / KJZZ

Vaccination rates in Arizona drop, herd immunity in jeopardy / Arizona Republic

UA taking COVID-19 vaccines on the road / Arizona Public Media

UA will transition to in-person after seeing just over 1,000 total COVID-19 cases this semester / Arizona Republic

With 40% vaccinated, COVID-19 cases in Arizona drop / AZ Big Media

Urine-based screening test could detect cancer sooner, researchers say / Arizona Republic

Scientists with the Translational Genomics Research Institute and the nonprofit cancer research and treatment center City of Hope have discovered that screening urine could be used to detect cancer.

Arizona universities spin out more startups, issue more patents, despite pandemic / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University and the University of Arizona spun out more startups and issued more patents in 2020 than they did in 2019—with the potential to contribute millions of dollars to the state’s economy.

New cameras at Scottsdale hospital let families see babies in the NICU from anywhere / Arizona Republic

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center recently installed more than 40 cameras in its neonatal intensive care unit that allows parents to monitor their baby through an app on their phone when they cannot be at the hospital.

Our View: After the pandemic, it’s time to make the business case for Arizona university investment / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

It is important for the state to continue to bolster Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona with smart, targeted, and sustained investments that will help Arizona meet the challenges and demands of what has been called the New Economy.

Science: Research at NAU aspires to reach ever higher / Arizona Daily Sun (Op-ed)

Northern Arizona University’s core research strengths, led by world-class faculty, continue to flourish with investments in several new areas including bio-informatics and bioengineering. 

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