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...

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.

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

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.

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."

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

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test
It’s hard for humans in New York City to get a test for the coronavirus. So when a Bronx Zoo tiger tested positive for Covid-19, it invited some questions.

Should pets be tested for coronavirus?
“Even though we have no evidence that pets can transmit the virus, we desperately need [more] evidence one way or the other,” says Timothy Baszler, executive director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL), which announced 2 weeks ago that it had developed a COVID-19 test for pets.

Raising awareness may help prevent rabies deaths
Human rabies deaths are so rare in the United States that even healthcare providers may not recognize a rabies infection - or the role that bats might play - which puts patients and the public at further risk, researchers say.

'It's not going away': WSU researchers warn of antibiotic resistance
A group of researchers at Washington State University are studying bacteria that can't be stopped with antibiotics, in hopes of solving a worldwide problem. Hospitals are starting to see some patients with infections even the strongest antibiotics can't conquer. Researchers said we should be very concerned of the global problem. “It is global and it's not going away," said Dr. Douglas Call, a researcher at WSU who studies antibiotic resistance.
K5 News

In a Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Deadly Drug-Resistant Infections
Overuse of the medicines is not just a problem in rich countries. Throughout the developing world antibiotics are dispensed with no prescription required.
NY Times

Bull ‘super dads’ are being engineered to produce sperm from another father
Gene-edited ‘surrogate sires’ could help spread desirable traits rapidly in some livestock.

Why 'BPA Free' May Not Mean a Plastic Product Is Safe
The study started as an accident. Geneticist Patricia Hunt of Washington State University and her team were investigating the reproductive effects of BPA in mice. Housed in BPA-free plastic cages, the test group got doses of BPA through a dropper; the control group didn't.
National Geographic

Better understanding melanoma, WSU cancer researchers hone in on UV damage mutation sites
Washington State University Molecular Bioscience researchers have developed a way to identify where in the human genome ultra-violet damage or damage from sunlight concentrates to cause melanoma.

Solving world hunger, one cow at a time
After spending 10 years in Thailand as a child, Jon Oatley, director of the Center for Reproductive Biology at Washington State University, developed a passion for ending food insecurity around the world.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Elk hoof disease research in hands of Washington State University Veterinary School
Washington State University is poised to take over inconclusive research on elk hoof disease that’s been plaguing elk west of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon.
The Spokesman-Review

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Offerdahl Selected as WSU Teaching Fellow
School of Molecular Biosciences faculty member Erika Offerdahl was selected as one of four inaugural WSU 2017-18 Teaching Fellows.
WSU Office of the Provost