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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Develops New Cancer Research Initiative

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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute brings in millions of research dollars to the Roanoke Valley.  There are many different projects that focus on many different topics.

Dr. Deb Kelly and Research Associate, Brian Gilmore are going over some details related to work to find ways to fight breast cancer on a molecular level. 

"We have done a lot biochemical and biological research and experiments in my lab.  We want to understand this mechanism in 3D at the molecular level and how it relates to DNA," explains Dr. Kelly.

Her Cancer Initiative at V.T.C.R.I. focuses on hereditary breast cancer. 

Dr. Kelly and her research team use an electron microscope in their search for answers when it comes to the BRCCA 1 gene.  The tool gives them an close look at DNA and molecules to see what happens as errors occur to cause cancer.

"We look at small things in a big way.  We like to see how things in interact with DNA and what is going on in 3D when these problems occur and go wrong and that has never been done before at that level in the cancer field.  We are hoping we can make great breakthroughs in that front... such that our overall goal is to put ourselves out of business," says Dr. Kelly.

For now the 3D images are signs of hope for women who have fought breast cancer once and don't want to fight it again.

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