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Researchers identify proteins in Zika linked to birth defects

Scientists have identified seven proteins within the deadly Zika virus that could be to blame for the birth defects linked to the pathogen.


Sanctuaries across U.S. prepare for influx of lab chimpanzees

Sanctuaries around the country are preparing for an influx of retired private lab chimps like Foxie now that the federal government has stopped backing experiments on humankind’s closest relatives. Their …


Oregon location eliminated in search for geothermal lab site

A site near Oregon’s Newberry Volcano is no longer in the running for a federal enhanced geothermal research laboratory.


Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body’s most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues about how it gives life – …


University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato center

University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru in hopes of getting access to the center’s vast potato gene bank.


Problems at WSU bear center prompt backlash from animal rights group

At least 15 grizzly bears have died in the past six years at a Washington State University research facility, according to a trove of recently released public records.


Genealogical society pieces together history of Georgetown University slaves

A team of volunteers toils each week at the downtown Spokane Public Library, trying to fill in the fates of a slave family sold from Maryland in 1838 to fund …


From pets to people? UC Davis vets’ stem cell work gives humans hope

DAVIS, Calif. – Morris has no teeth, the result of a drastic cure for a painful, chronic condition that makes the 8-year-old cat’s mouth sore and painfully inflamed. It’s a …


WSU professor accused of fraud collected about 30 federal research grants

A WSU professor had landed about 30 federal research grants; investigators believe he, his brother and sister-in-law spent a chunk of that money on themselves.


University seeks retraction, says researcher’s study data is a bunch of bull

A researcher exploring ways to convert cow poop into electrical power faked data and claimed his laboratory notebook blew into a manure pit, according to a Washington State University investigation.


WSU research could lead to a simple test to diagnose autism

A study conducted by a Washington State University professor earlier this year bolsters a growing body of research that suggests the pupils of children with autism constrict more slowly when …


GU researchers’ antenna eases wireless network traffic jam

Dropped calls, unsent texts and badly buffered cat videos are no fun. But there’s a more serious side to overburdened wireless networks. They can wreak havoc during crises.


Aerobic exercise fights breast tumors, study in mice suggests

Aerobic exercise is no friend to breast tumors, says a new study that suggests that regular physical activity may be a “novel adjuvant treatment” for women with breast cancer. New …


Smart Home Project records movement, behavior

If anyone ever noticed, which is unlikely, it appears that Linda Moulder and Jerry White have smoke detectors in every room and a few other peculiar places – inside the …


Field reports: Bald eagles slow to show at Lake Coeur d’Alene

BIRDS – The annual winter congregation of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene had not yet started as biologists surveyed the north end of the lake on Wednesday. For decades, …


WSU study finds gender gap in effects of pot

Call it the marijuana gap. Men and women may respond differently to the effects of pot’s active ingredient, THC, according to new research by a Washington State University professor. In …


Shawn Vestal: If you’re not happy and you know it, act like you are

Want to feel a little happier? Maybe you should simply act happier – or at least more outgoing.


WSU College of Pharmacy receives $2 million grant

Spokane has received another boost to its health sciences research efforts – a nearly $2 million grant to Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy to recruit researchers and build out …


WSU Spokane prepares to open pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences building

Researcher David Liu unboxed microscopes, shelved test tubes and beakers, and organized supplies in a university lab where his focus will be on how to target and kill cancer cells. …


Washington State University student discovers crystal’s light-sensitivity

An accidental discovery at a Washington State University research lab could have large implications for how we store digital information in the future. WSU doctoral student Marianne Tarun and other …


WSU nursing receives $2 million in research grants

A pair of grants awarded to Washington State University’s College of Nursing brings more than $2 million in research funds. Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and the …


WSU will lead jet biofuel research

Washington State University has been picked as a co-leader for the nation’s new center of excellence for jet biofuel research, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced Friday morning at WSU Tri-Cities. …


WSU researcher to develop apple-picking robot

PROSSER, Wash. — A Washington State University researcher has received a grant allowing him to develop an apple-picking robot.


Research drives WSU Spokane hires

Washington State University Spokane’s goal for the College of Pharmacy is to bring at least $15 million in research grants and awards by the year 2020. The credentials of four …


WSU researchers to create honey bee sperm bank

Washington State University researchers are creating a sperm bank for honey bees.


Rock Doc: Progress of breast cancer research encouraging

I have an elderly aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago. She was treated and remained cancer-free for years. But I also had a next-door neighbor who …


Plan to tag Puget Sound orcas raises concerns

SEATTLE — Federal biologists plan next month to attach tiny satellite devices on Puget Sound’s endangered orcas off the West Coast to better understand where they go during winter. But …


Plan to dart tag orcas raises concerns

SEATTLE — Federal biologists plan next month to attach tiny satellite devices on Puget Sound’s endangered orcas off the West Coast to better understand where they go during winter. But …


Caldwell: Spokane’s higher-ed grades improving

Spokane is not at the forefront of higher education. Lack of a major research institution has consistently been called a weakness as community officials assemble a 21st-century information-based economic curriculum. …


Tax authority awards medical grant

A Spokane medical research organization has received a $675,000 grant from a local taxing authority. The Institute for Systems Medicine will use the grant from the Health Sciences and Services …