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.
Guardian



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.
CNN


'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.
GeekWire


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...
FiveThirtyEight


Washington State University researchers studying COVID-19 and pets
Many pet owners may be wondering if they can catch the coronavirus or pass it along to their pet.
KXLY


Elk Hoof Disease Found in California for First Time
The California cases were confirmed by scientists at Washington State University.
AP


Can you infect your dog, cat or ferret with the coronavirus? WSU and UW researchers want to find out
Kuehl and her colleagues hope to collect samples from at least 100 other pets across King County in the coming weeks as part of a research project to understand the way the virus spreads to domestic animals.
Seattle Times


The Scientists Taking Atomic-Level Pictures Of The Coronavirus
Even before the word “coronavirus” inserted itself into the nation’s vocabulary, a national group of scientists jumped into the effort to start revealing those protein structures, structures that hold the keys to vaccines and treatments.
Forbes


Coronavirus could claim 100,000 more lives than expected if jail populations are not reduced
The coronavirus pandemic could claim the lives of as many as 100,000 more people in the U.S. than current projections estimate if jail populations are not "dramatically and immediately reduced."
Newsweek


Pet Facial Recognition Helps Find Lost Cats and Dogs
Animal shelters are using the technology to identify animals and reunite them with their owners
Wall Street Journal