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WSU’s Jenni Zambriski, colleagues have one of science’s dirtiest jobs

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PULLMAN, Wash.— Jenni Zambriski is an expert on fulminant diarrhea. It’s as gross as it sounds, but her research has the upside of potentially saving millions of young lives.

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WSU researchers find plague bacterium endures in soil

By Laura Lockard, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

PULLMAN, Wash. – The bacterium that causes bubonic plague has been found to survive in the common amoeba, the microorganism most children often see first in a grade school microscope. » More …

Researcher finds possible link between cattle, human disease

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University professor William C. Davis and colleagues published a case report last month that provides more evidence that two gastrointestinal diseases, one in cattle the other in people, may be linked. » More …

Graduate will pursue application of cancer research

Luis-Cortez-webPULLMAN, Wash. – After graduating Saturday, Luis Cortez, a first-generation student from Othello, Wash., plans to get his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in order to “research human health issues and transfer my lab discoveries into practice.” » More …

Bacteria use traffic-cop-like mechanism to infect gut

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

KnodlerPULLMAN, Wash. – A study has found that a cellular syringe-like device used to invade intestinal cells also acts as a traffic cop – directing bacteria where to go and thereby enabling them to efficiently carry out infection. » More …

Oct. 30: ‘Disease detective’ recounts Ebola outbreak

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Emily-Pieracci-webRICHLAND, Wash. – Emily Pieracci returns to her hometown to talk about her work “Stalking Ebola: A Disease Detective’s Journey through Sierra Leone” at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the East Auditorium at Washington State University Tri-Cities. » More …

Study: Environmental epigenetics affects disease, evolution

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Skinner-Michael-2012-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say environmental factors are having an underappreciated effect on the course of disease and evolution by prompting genetic mutations through epigenetics, a process by which genes are turned on and off independent of an organism’s DNA sequence. » More …

The herpes experts are coming – one is already here

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Anthony-Nicola-80PULLMAN, Wash. – More than 500 scientists from around the globe will gather in Idaho this week to confront the scarlet letter “H.” Herpes, a common but highly stigmatized virus that has no cure, will be the focus of the 40th Annual International Herpesvirus Workshop in Boise, running Saturday through Wednesday. » More …

Bird flu leapfrogged, Northwest to Midwest

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

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PULLMAN, WASH. – The strain of bird flu causing sickness and the culling of millions of birds in the Midwest is the same strain first detected in Washington state in December, according to a Washington State University scientist who helped identify the virus. Until then, the pathogen had never been seen in the United States.

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