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Breast Cancer
3:24 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

For Young Women, Drinking Alcohol Increases The Risk Of Breast Cancer

Young women who average a drink per day have a 13 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer than non-drinkers, according to researchers at Wash U.
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Updated on August 29 to change 13% to 11% after further clarification from study co-author Graham Colditz.

A new study out of Washington University suggests that young women who drink regularly are at increased risk for developing breast cancer.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:03 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

New Cybersecurity Education Programs Offered By St. Louis Area Universities

(via Flickr/espensorvik)

Employment in the field of information security, web development and computer networks—cybersecurity—is expected to increase 22 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Washington University and Fontbonne University are offering new cybersecurity programs this Fall in response to the growing demand in the workforce for people in this field. 

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Washington University
3:02 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Washington University To Build New Research Facility

The new research facility will be positioned along McKinley Avenue, west of Taylor Avenue in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood. The building design is by Goody Clancy, in association with Christner Inc.
Credit (Rendering courtesy of Washington University)

This summer, the Washington University School of Medicine intends to break ground on a new research facility.

The six-story, 138,000 square-foot facility is part of an ongoing effort by the university to encourage interdisciplinary research in biology and medicine.

The $75 million project is slated to house researchers involved in genetics, genomics and biological regeneration.

Washington University says the new facility will help replace aging laboratories with energy-efficient, flexible and open research space.

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Science Research
4:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Sequestration Budget Cuts Hit St. Louis Scientists

Rachel Delston works with cancer cells in the lab at Confluence Life Sciences.
(Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin/St. Louis Public Radio)

It has been just over three months since the federal spending cuts known as sequestration first took effect.

A handful of programs were spared — but not scientific research, which amounts to about $140 billion in annual government spending.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra found out, at universities here in St. Louis, some scientists are worried about what the budget cuts will mean for their research — and for their students.

"I had to let go of some science."

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St. Louis on the Air
6:45 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Wash U Has Four Of The World’s Top Researchers

Professor Richard K. Wilson, Director of the Genomics Institute at Washington University in St. Louis
(Courtesy: Washington University in St. Louis)

Four of the top twenty-one influential researchers in the world live in the St. Louis area.

The researchers are from Washington University in St. Louis and all are in the field of genomics.  The findings come from Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch, an open web resource for science metrics and analysis.

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Global Health
5:40 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Wash U To Engineer Bacteria To Kill Intestinal Parasites

An adult female roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) can reach over a foot in length.
Credit U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

A Washington University researcher has received a $100,000 global health grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support research focused on preventing the transmission of parasitic diseases in developing countries.

Although there are drugs to help kill parasitic worms and their eggs in the human body, stopping their transmission in the environment is challenging.

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Business - Technology
5:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Major Boston-Area Startup Incubator To Join Wash U In New Cortex Facility

The new Cortex facility on Duncan Avenue will be known as @4240.
Credit HOK

One of the country’s largest startup incubators will soon be moving into the Cortex bioscience district in St. Louis.

The move marks Cambridge Innovation Center’s first expansion out of the Boston area, where it houses more than 500 small to mid-sized companies.

CIC’s president and CEO, Ranch Kimball, says he expects the new St. Louis facility to attract mostly technology startups, but says CIC will be open to a variety of businesses.

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Urban Development
4:42 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Land Lab Aims To Find New Use for Vacant Lots

Future site of the chess "pocket park."
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

If you live in any big city in the Midwest, and St. Louis in particular, you’re probably all too familiar with the site of vacant, empty land where homes and businesses used to be. 

This issue of vacant land in an otherwise urban environment presents tough challenges for cities.  This weekend ground will be broken on several projects which aim to change the way neighborhoods and cities deal with vacant property.

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Features
5:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

'The Muslim Guy' And Wash. U. Alum Arsalan Iftikhar On Marathon Bombings And Muslims In Daily Life

Iftikhar was in town to receive a Distinguished Young Law Alumni Award from Washington University. He received his Bachelors degree in 1999 and his Jurius Doctorate in 2003.
Credit Erin Williams

Since his days as a student in the classrooms of Washington University, Arsalan Iftikhar has made a career out of educating others on the myths and realities in the Muslim world.        

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Global Health
4:30 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Wash U Center Aims To Increase Collaboration On Global Health

Technicians test blood for filariasis, a parasitic infection, in a field laboratory in the town of Madingou in the Republic of Congo. Their work is part of project led by Dr. Gary Weil of the Washington University Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease.
Credit Gary Weil/Washington University School of Medicine

Researchers from all over the world are gathering today at Washington University for a conference on global health.

The event is the first to be organized by the university’s recently-created Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease. St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra spoke with the Center’s director Bill Powderly about its mission.

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