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WSU receives NIH grant to study heart problems at molecular level

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By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a $1.57 million National Institutes of Health grant to understand the molecular-scale mechanisms that cause cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disease. » More …

WSU researchers deliver first “nanotherapeutics” to tumor

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – For the first time, WSU researchers have demonstrated a way to deliver a drug to a tumor by attaching it to a blood cell. The innovation could let doctors target tumors with anticancer drugs that might otherwise damage healthy tissues. » More …

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 …

Toxic effects of mercury persists for generations

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. » More …

WSU researchers find wealth of fish at deep Hawaiian reef

Cori Kane, WSU Vancouver marine biologistBy Eric Sorensen, WSU News science writer

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University marine biologists for the first time have documented a wealth of fish in the “vastly underexplored” deep coral reefs off Hawaii Island.

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Africa to Leeds to WSU: Grad student pursues infectious diseases solutions

Sylvia OmuloBy Cheryl Reed, director of communication, WSU Graduate School

PULLMAN, Wash. – Recent news reports have focused public attention on the alarming threat of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in U.S. hospitals. But the threat is truly global. » More …

Media invited to meet antimicrobial health experts at WSU Innovators

SEATTLE, Wash. – Antimicrobial resistance, a major threat to global health, will be the topic addressed by scientists from Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at the 2017 WSU Innovators panel, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott. (Livestream at: innovators.wsu.edu.) » More …

Technology helps preserve fertility of boys with cancer

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Jon OatleyPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a promising way to preserve sperm stem cells so boys could undergo cancer treatment without risking their fertility. » More …

Cyber gene network could speed up discoveries

Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University team has set out to digitally model how every known gene interacts with every other gene – in plants, animals, insects and people. » More …