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Epigenetics study helps focus search for autism risk factors
January 16, 2018

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

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.

Oct. 27: Brain diseases focus of WSU Translational Medicine Symposium
October 13, 2017

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

translational_medicine_symposium_bannerSPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane will be hosting its first annual Translational Medicine Symposium, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Providence Auditorium, 20 W 9th Ave in Spokane, Wash.

Toxic effects of mercury persists for generations
May 3, 2017

PULLMAN, Wash. – Zebrafish exposed to very low levels of methylmercury as embryos not only passed on toxic effects of the chemical exposure to their offspring, but also to the third generation, according to a study that investigated both epigenetic changes – chemical modifications to the DNA – and abnormal neuro-behavior associated with exposure.

Ask Dr. Universe: Do animals help our minds?
March 21, 2017

PULLMAN, Wash. – Our brains are pretty busy. They are constantly thinking, feeling and sensing our world. One thing that can help some people relax is spending time with an animal friend. You might play fetch with a dog, sit with a cat, brush a horse or even watch a goldfish zip around its bowl.

Undergraduate researchers win national awards
December 5, 2016

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By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Washington State University undergraduates won national awards and cash prizes recently for outstanding presentations at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Tampa, Fla.

Ask Dr. Universe: How does digestion work?
November 22, 2016

dr-universe-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – All around the world, animals are eating all kinds of different foods. Our foods might be different, but one thing is true for all of us: We have to digest.

Ask Dr. Universe: How do we remember stuff?
October 18, 2016

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – Our brains have an incredible ability to help us remember all kinds of stuff. Of course, memory isn’t perfect. Sometimes we forget our homework or where we left our favorite cat toy.

White House honors two for science teaching innovation
October 17, 2016

griesar-and-leakeVANCOUVER, Wash. – A unique arts-integrated approach to neuroscience education was presented last week at the White House Frontiers conference by Bill Griesar, instructor and outreach coordinator, and Jeff Leake, outreach coordinator, both with the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University Vancouver.