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At the vanguard of next-generation precision medicine, Dr. Pamela Becker’s work through the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is taking aim at cancer.
A new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia, University of Washington and elsewhere, measured ambient and indoor household air pollution before and after a carbon-finance-approved cookstove intervention in rural India, found that the improvements were less than anticipated.
An international team shows that cheap energy in the form of solar cells is closer than we think, despite the long history behind the development of this technology.
Children with cerebral palsy frequently undergo invasive surgeries — lengthening tendons, rotating bones, transferring muscles to new locations — in hopes of improving their physical ability to walk or move.
On July 11, 2015, eight people crowded into a clinic room at UW Medical Center, expectantly watching Steven Gilbert, who had lived with Parkinson's disease for nearly 15 years.
Driverless vehicles could intensify car use — reducing or even eliminating promised energy savings and environmental benefits, a new study co-authored by a University of Washington engineer finds.
Those designing coming augmented reality systems should make them adaptable to change, resistant to hacking and responsive to the needs of diverse users, according to a white paper by an interdisciplinary group of researchers at the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab.
When an underwater volcano erupted in April off the Oregon coast, researchers knew within minutes that something spectacular was happening more than 300 miles offshore. Precision hardware installed by the University of Washington last summer let scientists see its effects almost instantly from shore.­­
Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five. And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.
A team of UW biologists has identified a key mechanism plants use to decide when to release their floral scents to attract pollinators.Their findings connect the production and release of these fragrant chemicals to the innate circadian rhythms that pulse through all life on Earth.