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NSF grant aims to use big data to improve crops

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

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PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU researchers are leading a multi-university effort to improve crop management in the age of big data. » More …

Rock Doc column: Wake up and smell the genes

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Like millions of Americans, my day starts by plugging in the coffeepot. In my case, it’s an old fashioned percolator. It clears its throat and brews my coffee while I rub sleep out of my eyes and brush my teeth. » More …

Pharmacy researcher fights skin cancer with zzzzs

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

Gaddameedhi-80SPOKANE, Wash. – Sleep’s influence on skin cancer and on the effectiveness of anti-cancer treatments is under study by a new researcher in the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. » More …

DNA variation uncovered; may control gene activity

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 …