Discovery opens door to new drug options for serious diseases

OSU researchers have explained a process that leads to the death of motor neurons, and could provide an avenue to new treatments for a range of degenerative diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

A war without end - with Earth's carbon cycle held in the balance

A major battle is going on between the most abundant organism in the oceans, and a virus that's now known to attack it. The results have implications for the Earth's carbon balance.

Respiratory infection strategy: get a flu shot, and get enough vitamin D

As the nation faces one of its worst influenza epidemics in recent years, a range of studies suggest that adequate levels of vitamin D can help prevent upper respiratory infections.

Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered

Scientists have discovered what they believe is the only fossil ever known to show a spider in the process of attacking its prey, in a 100-million-year-old piece of amber.

The "slippery slope to slime": Overgrown algae causing coral reef declines

New experiments have shown that coral reef declines can be caused in part by an overgrowth of algae, made possible by overfishing and nitrate pollution.

Vitamin B3 may help in fight against staph infections, "superbugs"

Vitamin B-3 may provide an alternative approach to combat antibiotic-resistant staph infections that have killed thousands of people around the world, according to researchers at OSU's Linus Pauling Insitute.

Rating of ocean health shows "room for improvement"

A group of researchers has scored nations around the world for their contributions to ocean health, and found considerable room for improvement. The U.S. rated slightly above average.

"Selfish" DNA in animal mitochondria offers possible tool to study aging

OSU scientists discovered "selfish DNA" in the mitochondria of animals for the first time, in findings that could provide an important new model to study human aging.