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Sept. 24: Law, ethics of environmental poisons debated

pollution-160PULLMAN, Wash. – Ethics, law and policy regulation of environmental toxicants will be discussed by a panel at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in 305 Bryan Hall, sponsored by the Foley Institute for Public Policy & Public Service at Washington State University. » More …

$1.45M grant: Preserving genome stability to fight disease

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

ChaiSPOKANE, Wash. – Molecular biologist Weihang Chai, an associate professor of medical sciences, has received a five-year $1.45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the potential role of the CST protein complex in preserving genome stability. » More …

Biologist climbs high to prove hypothesis about plant phloem

knoblauch-80PETERSHAM, Mass. — Michael Knoblauch, a plant cell biologist at Washington State University, is in the stretch run of a 20-year quest to prove a longstanding hypothesis that what drives the flow of nutrients in phloem is pressure differential. » More …

Research finds female descendants susceptible to stress

ratsPULLMAN, Wash. – A new study by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University shows that male and female rats are affected differently by ancestral exposure to a common fungicide, vinclozolin. Female rats whose great-grandparents were exposed become much more vulnerable to stress. » More …

WSU flu outbreak provides rare study material

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

h1n1PULLMAN, Wash. – Five years ago this month, one of the first U.S. outbreaks of the H1N1 virus swept through the Washington State University campus, striking some 2,000 people. A WSU math and biology professor has used a trove of data gathered at the time to gain insight into how only a few infected people could launch the virus’s rapid spread across the university community. » More …

WSU researchers find crucial step in DNA repair

By Becky Phillips, University Communications DNA-80

PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University have identified a crucial step in DNA repair that could lead to targeted gene therapy for hereditary diseases such as “children of the moon” and a common form of colon cancer. » More …

Disinfectant causes reproductive problems in mice

HuntPULLMAN, Wash. – Mice exposed to disinfectants in commercial-grade cleaning products took longer to get pregnant, had fewer pups and suffered more miscarriages and distressed fetuses, according to a new study coauthored by Pat Hunt, a geneticist at Washington State University. » More …

Pesticide linked to three generations of disease

By Becky Phillips, University Communications

SkinnerPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations. » More …

Leading hypothesis ruled out for miscarriage, birth defects

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Rowsey-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University reproductive biologists have ruled out one of the leading thoughts on why older women have an increased risk of miscarriages and children with birth defects. » More …