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Friday, September 7, 2007

Northeastern wins grant to explore glycobiology of cancer

Researchers at Northeastern University have won a five-year, $15.5 million grant to study protein and carbohydrate chemistry as a way to detect cancer.

A team led by William Hancock will focus on breast cancer. Previous work has shown that changes in the carbohydrate, or glycan, structures of cells are correlated with cancer, but working with these complex structures has been difficult, according to the National Cancer Institute, which is funding the program.

Northeastern is one of seven centers collaborating on the biomarker discovery project. Hancock will be the co-chair of the Alliance of Glycobiologists.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 09:56 AM
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