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UNM lab joins national effort to fight cancer

Erica Zucco
June 16, 2016 09:02 AM

In a lab near Lomas and University, researchers work to learn how drugs that solve other health problems could help them cure cancers. The work is complicated to understand, but their purpose -- saving lives -- isn't.

The Center for Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico is joining an exclusive team sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

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As part of the NCA Experimental Therapeutics Program, they'll work with 21 other labs around the nation to discover and develop new drugs to fight cancer. They'll share findings with the other labs and will get money to help fund their work.

“It'll give us resources to advance our own drugs so the next program gives institutions like ours to submit concepts,” Sklar said.

Those concepts include ideas of how existing molecules, which make up many of the drugs that heal us now could help slow or kill cancer.

It's a national effort that New Mexico researchers hope will help people right here in our state.

“For the molecules that we discover to have impact on the health and wellbeing on the people of New Mexico and across the nation,” Sklar said.


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