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April 9: Revolutionizing Alzheimer’s, cancer, other treatments
March 31, 2015

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Harding-JoeSEATTLE – Activating or inhibiting the growth factors linked to dementia, cancer and wound healing will be discussed at the free, public Washington State University Innovators lecture and reception 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle.

Probiotic toxin fights coldwater disease in rainbow trout
February 19, 2015

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

tail-lesion-230PULLMAN, Wash. – The rainbow trout is a work of art and diner’s delight. But when the freshwater fish falls prey to coldwater disease, its colorful body erodes into ragged wounds and ulcers. The bacterial infection can kill up to 30 percent of hatchery stock and costs millions of dollars in economic loss.

Feb. 3: Plastic trash discussed as reproductive health hazard
January 29, 2015

By Beverly Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

Pat-HuntPULLMAN, Wash. – Patricia Hunt is an expert on how plastics impact reproductive mechanisms in humans and other animals. She will discuss “Are We Trashing Our Reproductive Health” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in CUE 203 at Washington State University.

WSU researchers see effect of BPA, Estradiol on sperm development
January 22, 2015

Patricia Hunt-iconPULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have found a direct link between the plastics component bisphenol A, or BPA, and disrupted sperm production.  Writing in the journal PLOS Genetics, they say the chemical disrupts the delicate DNA interactions needed to create sperm.

King’s DNA throws a curve ball; WSU scholars weigh in
December 18, 2014

 

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – The recent announcement that a skeleton found under a parking lot in England two years ago is that of King Richard III has laid one mystery to rest – while giving rise to another.

Jan. 14: Webinar on bioenergy poplar hybridization
December 8, 2014

By Betsy Fradd, WSU Extension

PULLMAN, Wash. – New poplar varieties grown for bioenergy using inter-specific hybridization and selection techniques will be discussed in a webinar sponsored by Washington State University Extension 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Finding holds implications for plant defense, medicines
November 6, 2014

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

basil-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A new discovery in basil plants could help researchers understand how plants protect themselves from disease and pests and how they produce medicinal compounds.

WSU researchers see how plants optimize repair
October 20, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

kirchhoff-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found the optimal mechanism by which plants heal the botanical equivalent of a bad sunburn. Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to development of crops that repair sun damage more easily, improving yields and profitability.

Rock Doc column: Correcting errors in the language of life
October 7, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – My word processor is set up to deal with the errors I make when writing. The programmers who wrote the computer program knew I’d screw things up, so they built in corrective functions like spellcheck and the ability to simply backspace to delete typos. Those of us old enough to remember manual typewriters still sometimes marvel at the ease with which corrections in documents can be made.