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Anthropologist discovers clues to first Americans
May 15, 2014

Kemp-150PULLMAN, Wash. – For more than a decade, Washington State University molecular anthropologist Brian Kemp has teased out the ancient DNA of goose and salmon bones from Alaska, human remains from North and South America and human coprolites—ancient poop—from Oregon and the American Southwest.

International team sequences rainbow trout genome
April 22, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

thorgaard-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Using fish bred at Washington State University, an international team of researchers has mapped the genetic profile of the rainbow trout, a versatile salmonid whose relatively recent genetic history opens a window into how vertebrates evolve.

Tick expert cracks tough cases
May 28, 2013

The right way to remove a tick

 

Contrary to folklore, do NOT apply nail polish, petroleum jelly or a burned-out match to an attached tick, as its mouthpart can remain embedded in the skin. Instead:

Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or yank the tick out.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area.

PULLMAN, Wash. – As the green deepens and hikers take to the forests and fields of the Northwest, ticks are emerging for their first blood meal of the season. While … » More …