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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 …

Plant inner workings point way to more nutritious crops

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Almost every calorie that we eat at one time went through the veins of a plant. If a plant’s circulatory system could be rejiggered to make more nutrients available – through bigger seeds or sweeter tomatoes – the world’s farmers could feed more people. » More …

Magnuson to be honored with lifetime service award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Nancy Magnuson, emeritus professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, will receive the Lane V. Rawlins President’s Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service during the annual Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on Friday, March 31, part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. » More …