By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences
PULLMAN, Wash. – A new statistics community at Washington State University will enhance educational opportunities and strengthen research initiatives. Faculty in all areas and at all campuses are invited to join as affiliate members. A kickoff meeting is being planned for later in the semester.
By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer
PULLMAN, 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.
By Terri Reddout, WSU Extension Prosser
PROSSER, Wash. — To determine if a fruit tree has a virus currently takes a minimum of nine separate laboratory tests in combination with several biological assays, and these can identify only known viruses.
Scientists dream of running a single test to detect all viruses in a plant. That idea is closer to reality thanks to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, which has funded a two-year project to evaluate a universal plant virus microarray test.
Potentially, such a test might even be able to detect previously unknown viruses.
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