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Sept. 8: Common reading investigates DNA, forensic science
September 3, 2015

KempPULLMAN, Wash. – How the knowledge of DNA has evolved to take its place in forensic science will be discussed by Washington State University molecular anthropologist Brian Kemp at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in CUE 203 as part of a free, public, common reading talk.

Four win DNA sequencing research grants at WSU
August 27, 2015

By Terren Roloff, WSU Spokane

core-facilitiesSPOKANE, Wash.  – Four researchers at Washington State University recently received grants for their next-generation DNA sequencing projects through the Genomics Core Laboratory at WSU Health Sciences Spokane. Thirty-four investigators applied.

Study: How environment may have affected ancient societies
June 1, 2015

ancient-DNA-from-Photos-dot-comPULLMAN, Wash. – A new study in PLOS ONE shows for the first time that epigenetic marks on DNA can be detected in a large number of ancient human remains. This could improve understanding about the effects of famine and disease in the ancient world.

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.

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.

Grant helps WSU improve state’s most valuable crops
October 8, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

rosaceae-200-iStock-photoPULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University have been awarded $2.53 million to improve fruit quality and disease resistance of crops in the rosaceae family (apple, blackberry, peach, pear, rose, strawberry, sweet cherry and tart cherry).

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.

$1.5 million grant to advance ‘big data’ for genomic research
October 1, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

big-data-220PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help meet the growing needs of the data driven genomic science community. The Tripal Gateway project will build on existing cyberinfrastructure to enhance the capacity of genomic databases to manage, exchange and process “big data.”

$1.45M grant: Preserving genome stability to fight disease
September 17, 2014

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.