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Fertility can hinge on uterus swimming conditions
April 19, 2017

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. — For a mammal’s sperm to succeed, it must complete the swim of its life to reach and fertilize an egg. That’s easier if it swims through water, not goo.

Technology helps preserve fertility of boys with cancer
April 6, 2017

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.

Plant inner workings point way to more nutritious crops
March 28, 2017

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.

Magnuson to be honored with lifetime service award
March 23, 2017

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.

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.

Fat in feces points to early presence of colorectal cancer
October 25, 2016

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

Hill-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University and Johns Hopkins Medical School have discovered a fast, noninvasive method that could lead to the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do leaves change colors?
September 27, 2016

Dr.-Universe-with-leavesPULLMAN, Wash. – Ever since I was a kitten, I’ve loved picking up big maple leaves in the fall. I’d take them home, put them under a piece of paper and rub the side of a crayon over the top. It makes a great print of the leaf.

Student research, retention thrive with team mentoring
August 22, 2016

By Steve Nakata, Student Affairs

PULLMAN, Wash. – While their friends spent the summer waiting tables or stocking store shelves, three Washington State University seniors donned white lab coats and helped advance research in reproductive biology.

Illuminating sulfides’ roles in the body
August 8, 2016

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Ming-Xian-webPULLMAN, Wash. – For the first time, researchers at Washington State University have created an injectable compound or “probe” that illuminates hydrogen sulfide and hydrogen polysulfides in different colors when they are present in cells.