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Stop Animal Explotation Now routinely obtains reports from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare concerning the use and treatment of research animals at every registered research facility in the U.S.

Watchdog organization alleges WSU research staff fabricated data, overdosed animals, violated protocols

MELINA ERNST, Evergreen reporter July 14, 2021

An Ohio-based watchdog organization, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, called on WSU President Kirk Schulz to launch a full investigation into the university's animal research programs in a letter sent to...

Biofilm granules like the ones pictured here contain extracellular polymeric substances that act as

Researchers strengthen soil using environmentally-friendly bacterial ‘glue’

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief July 14, 2021

Slimy layers of bacteria called biofilms can act as an environmentally-friendly glue to improve the strength of soil, according to a WSU study published in the journal Biofilm.  Biofilms occur when...

People should drink plenty of water and eat iron rich foods before donating blood.

Science Explained: Why is donating blood important?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief July 9, 2021

If you have ever donated blood, you may have wondered where it goes once it leaves your body. Blood makes a lot of stops before going to a recipient. First, it goes to a regional center where it is...

Joanna Kelley collected blood serum samples from both active and hibernating bears at the WSU Bear Center to measure levels of protein expression.

WSU researchers find bear proteins may be key to human diabetes treatment

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief July 7, 2021

WSU researchers are investigating eight proteins that may be natural cues for insulin resistance in bears, which could provide new insight into human diabetes. Bears are sensitive to insulin during...

This image, which appears in the study manuscript, shows the physical differences between freshwater and toxin-adapted Atlantic molly. Toxin-adapted fish have larger heads and gills as adaptations to the oxygen-deficient water.

Study finds epigenetic modifications last multiple generations in toxin-adapted fish

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief July 2, 2021

WSU researchers found in a study that epigenetic modifications for fish living in toxic hydrogen sulfide-rich water can last for two generations after being moved to fresh water.  DNA itself — through...

Shuo Feng, pictured here, is studying lithium sulfur batteries as a replacement for traditional rechargeable batteries.

One challenge after another: creating lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 23, 2021

WSU alum Shuo Feng is developing lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries, which could replace traditional lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars, allowing them to drive farther on a single charge.  Feng...

Leen Kawas, pictured here, got her doctorate in molecular pharmacology from WSU in 2011.

Biotech CEO placed on leave, under review for research conducted at WSU

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 18, 2021

Leen Kawas, Athira Pharma Chief Executive Officer and WSU alumna, was placed on administrative leave pending review of research she conducted during her doctoral studies at WSU.  Kawas will remain...

The conservation of Tasmanian devils is crucial as they are one of only a few species consuming bones as part of their diet.

Researchers find Tasmanian devil genome responds to unique transmissible cancer

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 18, 2021

An international collaboration involving researchers from the University of Idaho and WSU is studying transmissible cancers and evolution in Tasmanian devils.  Tasmanian devils are marsupials that...

Eric Barrow, Miles Pepper and Scott Hanson, employees of the Voiland College Machine Shop, are helping build the CentriFLEX prototype.

WSU researchers create device to grow cancer-killing cells

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 14, 2021

WSU researchers developed a device to rapidly grow killer T cells, immune cells that can be used to treat cancer.  Chemical engineering doctoral students Kitana Kaiphanliam and Brenden Fraser-Hevlin...

“This is a big deal for the beekeeping industry … a lot of the varroa treatments that we have right now, aren't as effective,” said Jennifer Han, postdoctoral research associate.

New strain of fungus helps regrow honey bee population

VICTORIA GIOMI June 11, 2021

WSU researchers from the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences published a paper covering their newly developed strain of Metarhizium fungus, which kills mites that harm honey bees. Postdoctoral...

Soft X-rays resonate differently with certain bonds and molecules, giving scientists insight into the structure of nanocarriers, such as the one pictured here.

‘Soft’ X-ray method helps scientists investigate molecules with potential biomedical applications

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 7, 2021

In a recent study published in Nature Communications, scientists used a type of “soft” X-ray to probe organic structures, allowing them to locate and identify different structural components. This...

India Dykes, junior bioengineering major, said she spent months working on the application. Her research focuses on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Three WSU students named Goldwater Scholars

STEFFI LUDAHL, Evergreen reporter April 28, 2021

Three WSU students received awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.   Over 5,000 students from 438 institutions across the country applied to be...

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