PULLMAN, Wash. – A publication from the lab of John Wyrick in the School of Molecular Biosciences is featured as a “paper of the month” in “Environmental Factor,” the newsletter of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Wyrick and Washington State University colleagues Peng Mao, Michael Smerdon and Steven Roberts irradiated yeast cells and looked for patterns of damage at the level of individual base pairs, the DNA building blocks whose order serves as an organism’s blueprint. Some parts of the genome were more damaged than others, said Wyrick, offering clues to how and why damage occurs.

The study appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The “Environmental Factor” item can be seen here. A WSU News story on the work is here.