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Research Spotlight



Image of textile found in Huaca, Peru

Researchers Identify Oldest Textile Dyed Indigo, Reflecting Scientific Knowledge From 6,200 Years Ago

September 14, 2016

The findings pre-date the artifact previously thought to be the oldest textile by 1800 years.

Preparing to Interview for Your Dream Job? Better Go in Person

July 25, 2016

The new study examines ratings for candidates and companies that use technology to conduct interviews.

Brain scans of boys with and without ASD

Researchers Identify New Way to Measure Autism in Boys

April 20, 2016

The technique will provide clinicians and therapists with a physical measure of the progress patients are making with behavioral and/or drug treatments.

ISIS in America

ISIS in America: GW Examines Americans Recruited by Islamic State in First Comprehensive Report

December 01, 2015

The most comprehensive report to date was released at a public event on Dec. 1.

Aida Gómez-Robles studied human and chimpanzee brains to compare brain size and organization. Photo credit: William Atkins/Georg

Nature and Nurture: Human Brains Evolved to be More Responsive to Environmental, Social and Cultural Influences

November 16, 2015

The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Nov. 16.

Pliobates cataloniae roamed the Earth 11.6 million years ago

Extinct Ape Species Resets the Scale on Humans’ Ancestors

October 29, 2015

The research, published in Science, provides details on the beginning of ape and human history.

Fun fact: Some tarantulas can live up to 25 years in captivity

Hunters, Architects and Super Sleuths: 13 Surprising Facts About Spiders

October 29, 2015

Spiders are easily associated with creepy crawlers and witches’ brew, especially at Halloween. But with more than 45,000 known species and a scientific term for the fear they induce (arachnophobia), there is a lot more to the invertebrates.

A GW researcher will use ancient DNA to understand the mystery of Machu Picchu

Using Ancient DNA, Researchers Unravel the Mystery of Machu Picchu

September 30, 2015

A collaborative project examines the 400-year-old skeletons of those who worked at the iconic Inca citadel.

The most comprehensive draft was published in PNAS the week of Sept. 14.

Researchers Publish First Draft of Tree of Life That Will Map All Known Species

September 21, 2015

The most comprehensive draft was published in PNAS the week of Sept. 14.

Researchers have identified a potential link between microbes in the throat and schizophrenia.

Researchers Identify Signature of Microbiomes Associated With Schizophrenia

August 25, 2015

The study could help diagnose and treat schizophrenia in the future.

Research Spotlight

Using light, “spark” cells (green) and automation, Entcheva’s lab speeds up the process of drug screening in heart cells (red) t

GW Researchers Use Light to Control Human Heart Cells and Expedite Development of New Drugs

May 10, 2016

The research is outlined in a paper which published in Nature Communications on Tuesday.

Researchers have described a new species of plant-eating dinosaur, Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis, that stood on its hind feet an

Triceratops Gets A Cousin: Researchers Identify Another Horned Dinosaur Species

December 09, 2015

The findings were published in PLOS ONE on Dec. 9.