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WSU researchers watch skin cells ‘walk’ to wounds

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

skin-cell-movingPULLMAN, Wash. – Skin cells typically spend their entire existence in one place on your body. But Washington State University researchers have seen how the cells will alter the proteins holding them in place and move to repair a wound. » 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 …

Genome scientist earns top award for innovative research

Kelley-J-2013-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Joanna Kelley, genome scientist and assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences, is the inaugural winner of the international Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution’s “Junior Award for Independent Research.” » More …

Three students earn national minority research awards

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three undergraduate researchers at Washington State University recently won national awards for presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle. » More …

Researchers see ‘helpful’ protein causing cancer

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Steven-RobertsPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have determined how a protein that helps cells fight viruses can also cause genetic mutations that lead to cancer. » More …

Feb. 11: Ethics of fetal tissue research considered

Fetal-tissue-researchPULLMAN, Wash. – Differing views about the ethics of using fetal tissue in scientific research will be presented at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in CUE 203 at Washington State University. » More …

Discovery advances biowaste-to-jet fuel research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bin-YangRICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel. » 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 …