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Epigenetics study helps focus search for autism risk factors

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Scientists have long tried to pin down the causes of autism spectrum disorder. Recent studies have expanded the search for genetic links from identifying genes toward epigenetics, the study of factors that control gene expression and looks at chemical modifications of DNA and the proteins associated with it. » More …

Nutrition, exercise physiology adds master’s, doctorate degrees

By Christina Verheul, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Elson S Floyd College of Medicine logoSPOKANE, Wash. – Opportunities in nutrition and exercise research will expand in the fall when the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will launch two new advanced degree programs at Washington State University Spokane. » More …

WSU researchers use gold to target, kill cancer cells with less drugs

A promising but little-used type of cancer treatment has been markedly improved by introducing the use of tiny particles of gold and platinum. » More ...

A mother’s microbial gift

PULLMAN, Wash. – It happened again, most recently at a conference in Prague. After she gave her talk, a scientist came up to Shelley McGuire, a pioneer exploring the microbial communities found in human breast milk, and told her, “You don’t know how to take a sample. Your samples must have been contaminated. Human milk is sterile.” » More …

WSU researchers see gene influencing performance of sleep-deprived people

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have discovered a genetic variation that predicts how well people perform certain mental tasks when they are sleep-deprived. » More …

Adults with disabilities benefitting from Affordable Care Act

By Addy Hatch, College of Nursing

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SPOKANE, Wash. – As politicians continue to wrangle over the future of the Affordable Care Act, newly published research shows the law has been clearly beneficial for at least one group of Americans – working-age adults with disabilities. » More …

Office of Research announces 2018 Commercialization Gap Fund awards

Office of Commercialization bannerPULLMAN, Wash. – Seven research projects with high commercialization potential have been chosen to receive awards of up to $50,000 through the Commercialization Gap Fund for 2018. The funding was awarded to faculty from diverse fields including clean technology, human health, agriculture and engineering. » More …

WSU College of Medicine lands $10 million in new research grants

 By Christina VerHeul, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

elson floyd college of medicine research 2017SPOKANE, Wash. – Fewer than three years since its inception, Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is making its mark on university research by securing $10 million in new grants and contract awards this fiscal year. » More …