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The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

However, there are potentially dozens of other genes, that, when mutated, could cause cancer, Magnuson said.

Science Explained: What causes cancer?


Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., and the rates have only increased in recent years — but what exactly is cancer, and can we prevent it? Cancer occurs when a cell divides uncontrollably,...

mRNA from the COVID-19 vaccine is a set of molecular instructions. Cells use it to create SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins, which are not infectious. Then the body can make antibodies specific to the pathogen.

Science Explained: What does a booster shot do for immunity?


Booster shots for Pfizer and Moderna are approved for people with underlying conditions or those in high-risk settings. However, many people stumble across the same question: What exactly is a booster...

People infected with the delta variant are more likely to spread the virus because there are more viral particles present in their nose and mouth. The variant is a mutation of previous strains.

Science Explained: Why is the Delta variant so contagious?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor August 26, 2021

The Delta variant has been dominating headlines recently. We keep hearing that it is “more contagious” than previous strains — but what exactly does that mean? The answer lies in the viral strain’s...

People who are exposed to more parasites in their childhood will likely have a lower chance of suffering from allergies. This is called hygiene hypothesis.

Science Explained: How do allergies work?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor June 15, 2020

Seasonal-allergy sufferers are all familiar with the classic symptoms of watery eyes, runny nose and congestion that come with allergies. The scientific cause for allergic reactions may actually lie...

There are three types of vaccines: live-attenuated, inactivated and recombinant. Vaccines protect people from contracting preventable diseases like the measles.

Science Explained: How do vaccines work?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor June 10, 2020

As many states begin to reopen, the development of a COVID-19 vaccine has been an important topic of discussion, but many people wonder: what exactly is in a vaccine that helps humans develop immunity? Types...

Soap molecules have two distinct parts: a hydrophilic (“water loving”) head and a lipophilic (“oil loving”) tail. Soap disrupts the structure of viruses.

Science Explained: Why is hand washing more effective than using hand sanitizer?

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor May 27, 2020

Health officials recommend frequent hand washing as one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — but what is it about hand washing that makes it so effective when compared to other sanitation...

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