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Epigenetics study helps focus search for autism risk factors
January 16, 2018

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

SPOKANE, Wash. – Scientists have long tried to pin down the causes of autism spectrum disorder. Recent studies have expanded the search for genetic links from identifying genes toward epigenetics, the study of factors that control gene expression and looks at chemical modifications of DNA and the proteins associated with it.

WSU researchers gain unprecedented look at DNA damage
July 25, 2016

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.

Software improves ability to catalog bacterial pathogens
June 27, 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a new software tool that will improve scientists’ ability to identify and understand bacterial strains and accelerate vaccine development.

Graduate will pursue application of cancer research
May 5, 2016

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.”

Genome scientist earns top award for innovative research
April 13, 2016

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.”

Ask Dr. Universe: What is your favorite experiment?
March 29, 2016

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – You know, your question reminds me of a couple other science questions from curious readers. Evangeline, age 7, wants to know why her hair is black. Sureya, age 8, wants to know why some people have curly hair.