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Illuminating sulfides’ roles in the body

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. » More …

WSU cancer therapy shows promise in trials

By Rachel Tompa, Fred Hutch News

BlackPULLMAN, Wash. – A recent small clinical trial for patients with a rare, aggressive brain cancer has shown promise. The targeted cancer therapy enlists a modified yeast protein that is the brainchild of Washington State University biologist Margaret Black. » More …

WSU researchers gain unprecedented look at DNA damage

John-WyrickPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have mapped the damage of ultraviolet radiation on individual units of DNA, opening a new avenue in the search for how sunlight causes skin cancer and what might be done to prevent it. » More …

Shifting the genetic paradigm with epigenetics

From the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Michael-SkinnerPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University biologist Michael Skinner isn’t one to shy away from a good fight. In fact, prominently displayed on his webpage are the words: “If you are not doing something controversial, you are not doing something important.” » More …

Researchers improve biosensors to detect E. coli

By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

yuehe-LinPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a portable biosensor that makes it easier to detect harmful bacteria. » More …

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 …