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A Little Place for My Stuff


Just as people endlessly calculate how to upsize or downsize, bacteria continually adjust their volume (their stuff) to fit inside their membrane (their space). But what limits their expansion? The answer will surprise you.
26-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Pulling the Tablecloth Out From Under Essential Metabolism


Most organisms share the biosynthetic pathways for making crucial nutrients because it is is dangerous to tinker with them. But now a collaborative team of scientists has caught plants in the process of altering where and how cells make an essential...
26-Jun-2017 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Detecting Diluteness


Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis and Princeton University developed a new way to dive into the cell's tiniest and most important components. What they found inside membraneless organelles surprised them, and could lead to better...
26-Jun-2017 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

How Did Bird Babysitting Co-Ops Evolve?


It's easy to make up a story to explain an evolved trait; proving that's what happened is much harder. Here scientists test ideas about cooperative breeding in birds and find a solution that resolves earlier disagreements.
21-Jun-2017 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Shaking Schrödinger's cat

Frequent measurement of a quantum system's state can either speed or delay its collapse, effects called the quantum Zeno and quantum anti-Zeno effect. But so too can "quasimeasurements" that only poke the system and garner no information about its...
15-Jun-2017 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

UTI Treatment Reduces Gut E. Coli, May Offer Alternative to Antibiotics


Most UTIs are caused by E. coli that live in the gut and spread to the urinary tract. A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that a molecular decoy can reduce the numbers of UTI-causing bacteria in the gut,...
12-Jun-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Makeup of Vaginal Microbiome Linked to Preterm Birth


In a study of predominantly African-American women — who have a much higher rate of delivering babies early compared with other racial groups — researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis showed that a decrease in the...
13-Jun-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Brownson Receives $2.9 Million Grant to Boost Physical Activity in Rural Communities

Ross Brownson, the Bernard Becker Professor and director of the Prevent Research Center at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded a $2.9 million grant from National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute for...
12-Jun-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Our Experts on Newswise

WashU Expert: Senate Plan Is Biggest Cut Yet to Health Care Safety Net

26-Jun-2017 10:05 AM EDT

WashuU Expert: Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Agreement a Play to His Base

5-Jun-2017 3:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert: Liberals Who Celebrate Ruling on N.C. Districts May Not Cheer for Long

26-May-2017 10:45 AM EDT

Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy and the Municipal Bond Market


Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy protection May 3, the largest-ever American municipal debt restructuring in history. As the U.S. territory seeks forgiveness in $73 billion to assorted creditors, an expert at Washington University in St. Louis says...
4-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT

WashU Expert: Explaining the Trump Tax Proposal

27-Apr-2017 4:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert: Trump’s Muslim Ban Based on Animus

26-Apr-2017 10:05 AM EDT

What Is Your Future Risk of Poverty?


A newly-redesigned poverty risk calculator, developed by Mark Rank, a renowned expert on economic hardship at Washington University in St. Louis, can for the first time determine an American’s expected risk of poverty based on their race,...
20-Apr-2017 1:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert: Syrian Air Strikes Not in Line with International Law

7-Apr-2017 4:05 PM EDT

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