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Rock Doc column: A wolf in other clothing
September 2, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I was hospitalized for 10 days in late July. In August, to rebuild my strength, I took my dog on increasingly long walks around town. We went virtually every day; the exercise was good for both Buster Brown and me.

WSU researchers find crucial step in DNA repair
August 18, 2014

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.

Rock Doc: An ancient American woman buried by the sea
July 8, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I need a cap on my front tooth redone – it has a significant chip. Luckily I live at a time when dentists are in every city and town, plying their trade in ways that can help us each day.

Anthropologist discovers clues to first Americans
May 15, 2014

Kemp-150PULLMAN, Wash. – For more than a decade, Washington State University molecular anthropologist Brian Kemp has teased out the ancient DNA of goose and salmon bones from Alaska, human remains from North and South America and human coprolites—ancient poop—from Oregon and the American Southwest.

Plague rises from the dead, studied in fleas at WSU
February 19, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

WSU-fleas-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A study’s recent finding about a plague that struck 1,500 years ago might seem arbitrary – except that it involves a resurrected pathogen whose secrets, pulled from ancient teeth, can help us understand our world’s emerging diseases.

Reeves will present Distinguished Faculty Address
February 4, 2014

Reeves-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Raymond Reeves has been selected to give the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Address as part of the annual Showcase celebration of Washington State University research, scholarship and creative work.

DNA ‘burrs’ discovery earns Smithsonian award
November 21, 2013

By Joanna Steward, College of Arts and Sciences

Skinner-80WASHINGTON – A simple mistake during an experiment into endocrine disruptors – chemicals known to interfere with fetal development – dramatically changed the direction of inquiry for one Washington State University researcher and led him to challenge the core biological principals of genetic inheritance.

DNA variation uncovered; may control gene activity
May 18, 2007

PULLMAN – Researchers at Washington State University have identified a new class of DNA sequence variation in gene promoter regions that could help control the activity of genes.The novel variations, dubbed “multiple nucleotide length polymorphisms,” or MNLPs, altered transcription of the genes they were associated with as much as 11-fold. The presence of such sequences could provide organisms with a way to modify their gene expression without altering the actual coding sequence of genes.“It’s a new feature in genome study,” said lead author Zhihua Jiang, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. “Obviously it makes our genome more complicated in terms of function, and … » More …

WSU report on DNA repair named “Article of the Month”
October 17, 2006

PULLMAN–A suite of proteins that changes the arrangement of DNA in chromosomes plays a key role in enabling cells to repair damage to their DNA, according to a new study by researchers in Washington State University’s School of Molecular Biosciences.The report, by scientists Feng Gong, Deirdre Fahy, and Michael Smerdon, offered the first direct proof of a link between the DNA-remodeling proteins and DNA repair proteins in whole cells.”We and others had done similar work in vitro [in cell extracts],but this was the first demonstration of it in living cells,” Sherdon said.Their paper was named “Article of the Month” in the October 2006 issue of … » More …

Researchers develop hand-held spectrometer
December 16, 2005

Prashanta Dutta, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is trying to thread the eye of a tiny needle. But, instead of the 1,230 microns of an average-sized needle eye, Dutta’s is only 10 microns wide, and the “thread’’ is five microns wide. Dutta and his colleagues recently received a grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the development of a novel biosensor that would identify biological materials more quickly than current methods. The research could have applications for human health, environmental monitoring and homeland security. During the past several years, researchers have sequenced … » More …