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The Cancer Moonshot Initiative

June 2, 2016 | Tom Wilemon

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A biochemist pointed to a structure of a protein, one suspected of a link to pancreatic cancer, caught in the act of DNA replication.

The molecular images produced at the Vanderbilt Mass Spectrometry Research Center allow scientists to see proteins at precise moments and in complex associations with each other. Some of those proteins have never been studied before.

Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), listened intently to the biochemist along with other scientists seated around a table. The reports and inquiries at this monthly meeting originate from VICC programs ranging from My Cancer Genome, the nation’s first web-based precision cancer medicine knowledge resource, to the Institute of Imaging Science, where technologies have been developed to better and more quickly monitor treatment responses to clinical trials.

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