Data scientist detects biothreats using expertise in veterinary medicine, conservation and math
Charles is a senior data scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and professor at Washington State University’s Paul Allen School for Global Animal Health.

Covid-19 tests given to cats, dogs, dolphins and more animal species by US scientists
As Covid-19 cases surge in the US, one Texas veterinarian has been quietly tracking the spread of the disease — not in people, but in their pets.

Health restrictions prevent officials from tracking region’s elk
When rifle hunters will head into the woods in search of elk in Southwest Washington next month, they will find the herds to be in about the same condition as they were in 2019.
The Columbian

WSU provides tips to stay safe this Halloween during COVID-19
Trick-or-treating and, to a greater extent, indoor house parties, increase the likelihood of contracting and spreading COVID-19, according to Eric Lofgren, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Washington State University.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Prenatal cannabis exposure linked to cognitive deficits, altered behavior
Regular cannabis exposure in rats during pregnancy may cause their offspring to have long-term cognitive deficiencies, asocial behavior, and anxiety later in adulthood.

NIH awards $17M to research emerging infectious diseases
NIH/NAIAD announced in August the creation of the Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases, an interdisciplinary network of research centers throughout the world.

Genetic Factor Discovery Enables Adult Skin to Regenerate Like a Newborn Baby’s
A newly identified genetic factor allows adult skin to repair itself like the skin of a newborn babe. The discovery by Washington State University researchers has implications for better skin wound treatment as well as preventing some of the aging process in skin.
Science Tech Daily

Rabies vaccinations resume after COVID-19 pandemic
New delivery and storage methods advance vaccination campaigns.

Gene editing breakthrough could produce livestock 'super dads'
Researchers from universities in the United States and United Kingdom produced male pigs, goats, cows and mice whose sperm carry the genetic traits of another male individual. That means when these "super dads" breed, the resulting offspring are expected to carry all the male donor's genes instead of the surrogate's.

'Surrogate sires' could create specially bred livestock, say scientists
Scientists have used gene-editing to create pigs, goats and cattle that can serve as so-called “surrogate sires” – male animals providing sperm that carry the genetic traits of elite donor animals – in a bid to tackle global food insecurity.
The Guardian

So, Just How Did I Get Sick With COVID-19?
Before I got sick with COVID-19, I was a social-distance ninja: I hadn’t been anywhere. Not even the grocery store. I recently wrote about my nearly two-months as a COVID-19 longhauler. And the number one question I heard was: “How did you get it?”
Northwest News Network

Coronavirus Strikes Mink in Utah
Five animals on two farms test positive, but many more are believed to be affected.
New York Times

Do bats hold clues to preventing the next pandemic? WSU professor seeks answers
Michael Letko, an assistant professor of virology at Washington State University, believe understanding bat-borne viruses is essential to preventing another pandemic.
Spokesman Review

WSU begins analyzing COVID-19 samples, as testing supplies run short and results lag
Washington State University will begin analyzing samples for the COVID-19 virus in Pullman.
Spokesman Review

A crippling situation
Elk hoof disease continues spread into Idaho; hunters asked to report abnormalities
The Lewiston Tribune

People probably caught coronavirus from minks. That’s a wake-up call to study infections in animals, researchers say.
The minks on Dutch fur farms first got sick in mid-April, showing symptoms ranging from runny noses to severe respiratory distress. They had caught the novel coronavirus from human handlers, the government later said, and soon farmed minks appeared to have passed it back to two other people, in the world’s first reports of animal-to-human transmission since the pandemic began.
Washington Post

A WSU epidemiologist on COVID’s surprises, the social distance ‘dial’ and sanity-saving pups
Eric Lofgren admits that epidemiology is a curious profession.

Seattle biotech firm scores $85 million for work on Alzheimer’s drug.
Leen Kawas was invited in 2013 to help commercialize laboratory work she’d done as a Washington State University doctoral student (IPN). The resulting startup, then known as M3 Biotechnologies, changed its name to Athira.
Seattle Times

Jails Are Coronavirus Hotbeds. How Many People Should Be Released To Slow The Spread?
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologists warned that jails and prisons would be breeding grounds for infectious disease...