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The high price of cheap fashion

80 billion pieces of new clothing are purchased each year around the globe. The majority of these products are assembled in LMICs (low and middle income countries), while the United States consumes more clothing and textiles than any other nation in the world. Researchers from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis assert […]

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Machine learning to better feed the world

In a development that could impact food production and help feed the world, two researchers at Olin Business School have devised a computational model to help farmers determine which variety of crop to plant each year for maximum yield. Durai Sundaramoorthi, senior lecturer in management at Olin Business School, and Lingxiu Dong, professor of operations […]

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WashU researcher receives Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award

Scientist honored for role in founding, leading field of gut microbiome research Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, a world-renowned scientist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur International Award. The award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to biomedical research in fields that profoundly affect global public health. […]

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Building a better biofuel

Biofuels could hold the key to greener, more environmentally sound energy, transportation, and product options. Scientists have already figured out how to engineer microbes’ metabolic pathways, turning them into tiny biofuel manufacturers. Now new research from Fuzhong Zhang, associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, further refines the process, joining together the […]

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Energy alliances must be holistic, realistic

Multiple countries announced at the U.N. climate talks that they are committing to phase out coal as an energy source by 2030. But  WashU Expert Pratim Biswas warns that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t the most effective response to climate change. All U.N. countries need to take a holistic approach to energy choices, especially developing nations, […]

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Key findings could lead to new treatments for malaria

Sebastian Nasamu, an MD/PhD student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, battled successive bouts of malaria as a child growing up in Ghana. He survived ­– and has committed himself to eradicating the disease. Now Nasamu, Daniel Goldberg, MD, PhD, and colleagues have identified two crucial enzymes in the malarial parasite’s arsenal: […]

Malnutrition and the modern diet

Malnutrition can be traced to poor-quality diets lacking in diversity, a recent phenomenon in evolutionary history, according to a new paper from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The paper posits that a misalignment of modern diets and the genome has developed over time. They write that ultra-processed foods, particularly oils, flours, […]

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Living Earth Collaborative: Preserving global biodiversity

In less than fifty years, global animal populations have declined by more than half. Extinction threatens one in five wild plant species, putting at risk supplies of food and medicines. Reversing this alarming trend will be critical to man’s survival. Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo are joining forces to […]

A Washington University researcher holds a piece of paper coated with tiny gold nanorods that can be used to test blood for Zika virus.

A better test for Zika?

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that uses nanotechnology to quickly detect the presence of the Zika virus in blood. Results are ready in minutes and test materials do not require refrigeration. Currently, testing for Zika requires that a blood sample be refrigerated and shipped to a medical center or laboratory, […]

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Cracking the case of global plant biodiversity

Two Washington University researchers are furthering our understanding of plant biodiversity around the globe. The biodiversity gradient is the increase in species richness that occurs from the poles to the tropics. It is  one of the most widely recognized patterns in ecology but no one is sure exactly why it exists. Because the phenomenon is […]