Research finds female descendants susceptible to stress

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new study by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University shows that male and female rats are affected differently by ancestral exposure to a common fungicide, vinclozolin. Female rats whose great-grandparents were exposed become much more vulnerable to stress.

Nov. 1: Scientist discusses nanotoxicology research

RICHLAND, Wash. – Research into the interactions of engineering nanoparticles with living cells will be discussed at noon Friday, Nov. 1, in the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory 101 at Washington State University Tri-Cities. BSEL is next to the campus greenhouses at 2720 Crimson Way, Richland. Admission is free to the public.

WSU researcher tracks levels of microcystins

Measuring contaminants in mussels. Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory       Ellen Preece prepares a mussel sample for testing in the lab. Photo by Megan Skinner, WSU. PULLMAN, Wash. – Ellen Preece wants to know if microcystins, liver-damaging toxins produced by algal blooms in freshwater lakes, accumulate in Puget Sound seafood.
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Warm weather brings threat of ticks

PULLMAN- Warming weather in the Pacific Northwest brings with it a renewed threat of tick paralysis in animals and people. Tick paralysis is a somewhat uncommon but potentially fatal disease that can affect virtually all warm-blooded land animals. It occurs when certain species of ticks inject potent toxins from their salivary glands into the host […]

Toxin, bioagent list expands

The Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Feb. 7 approved a new set of regulations regarding the registration, monitoring and purchase of select biological agents and toxins. The new regulations, which apply to Washington State University, expanded the list of substances that must be registered and included hefty fines for […]