Latest Washington University Stories

2009-01-29 13:22:39

Brain processes stories as though they were real-life situations A new brain-imaging study is shedding light on what it means to "get lost" in a good book "” suggesting that readers create vivid mental simulations of the sounds, sights, tastes and movements described in a textual narrative while simultaneously activating brain regions used to process similar experiences in real life. "Psychologists and neuroscientists are increasingly coming to the conclusion that when we read a story...

2009-01-14 06:26:40

Information obtained from a new application of photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is worth its weight in gold to breast cancer patients. For the first time, Lihong Wang, Ph.D., Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with a joint appointment in Radiology, and Younan Xia, Ph.D., James M. McKelvey Professor in Biomedical Engineering, with a joint appointment in chemistry in Arts & Sciences, both at Washington University in St. Louis, have used gold...

2009-01-07 09:05:00

It's a little like finding out that Superman is actually Clark Kent.A team of biologists at Washington University in St. Louis has discovered that two vital cellular components, nuclear RNA Polymerases IV and V (Pol IV and V), found only in plants, are actually specialized forms of RNA Polymerase II, an essential enzyme of all eukaryotic organisms, including humans."We've caught evolution in the act," said Craig Pikaard, Ph.D., WUSTL professor of biology in Arts & Sciences. "We've known...

2008-12-12 11:25:00

A person's weight was something to be shared, enjoyed Stepping onto a scale after a calorie-filled holiday season isn't an activity many 21st-century Americans relish. But in the late 19th century, scales were all the rage at festive gatherings "” the 1800s' answer to Guitar Hero. "A family would think it fun to weigh themselves before and after a big holiday dinner to see how much they had gained," said Deborah I. Levine, Ph.D., an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Modeling...

2008-12-08 13:05:00

For the third year, Genome Technology magazine profiles the best up-and-coming young investigators, selected by the field's elite scientists NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Genome Technology magazine has named the 30 rising young stars who comprise its third annual "Tomorrow's PIs" special edition. This issue offers readers a chance to see large-scale biological research through the eyes of some of the best and the brightest scientists who are poised to make significant contributions to...

2008-12-02 16:30:00

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today announced that it has pledged $5 million over five years for the establishment of the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization at Washington University in St. Louis. The consortium's goal is to bring university researchers, industries, foundations and government organizations together to research clean coal technology, making St. Louis the nation's center for clean coal research. "Arch Coal is pleased to...

2008-10-13 12:00:41

The Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) today announced the initiation of a three-drug combination study of elotuzumab (also known as HuLuc63), a humanized anti-CS1 monoclonal IgG1 antibody administered intravenously, in combination with REVLIMID(R) (lenalidomide), and dexamethasone for the treatment of multiple myeloma in patients who are experiencing a relapse. Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute, Washington University, and St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center of...

2008-10-08 11:39:03

It's a 500-pound gorilla that Robert Criss, Ph.D., professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, sees standing on the speaker's dais at political rallies, debates and campaigns. Its name is population growth. "Population growth is driving all of our resource problems, including water and energy. The three are intertwined," Criss says. "The United States has over 305 million people of the 6.7 billion on the planet. We are dividing a...

2008-10-07 09:25:00

A study by biologists at Washington University in St. Louis shows that the more diverse a bird population is in an area, the less chance humans have of exposure to West Nile Virus (WNV). Now, let's hear it for the birds. "The bottom line is that where there are more bird species in your backyard, you have much lower risk of contracting West Nile fever," said Brian Allan, doctoral candidate in biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. "The mechanisms are similar to...

2008-09-29 14:41:08

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