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National Cancer Institute-funded center to study proteins for better cancer diagnosis, treatment

National Cancer Institute-funded center to study proteins for better cancer diagnosis, treatment

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Boise State University have been named partners in one of five US centers that will use genetic data to search for proteins that are abnormally made by cancer cells. The partnerships form the new Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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Sancar lab featured on the cover of JBC published on July 22, 2011

Sancar lab featured on the cover of JBC published on July 22, 2011

On the JBC Cover: The circadian clock is the internal timekeeping molecular system that generates a daily rhythm in an organism's physiology and behavior.

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Yi Zhang Lab identifies seventh and eighth bases of DNA

Yi Zhang Lab identifies seventh and eighth bases of DNA

Finding published in the July 21, 2011 issue of Science shows that researchers from the UNC School of Medicine have discovered the seventh and eighth bases of DNA.

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Yue Xiong receives 2011 Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award

Yue Xiong receives 2011 Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award

The award, established in 2007 by the Battle Foundation of Rocky Mount, recognizes exceptional cancer research within UNC's School of Medicine and comes with a $25,000 prize.

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Barry Lentz receives Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Barry Lentz receives Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

This award, established by the Board of Govenors in 1997, acknowledges a lifetime of contributions to a broad range of teaching and learning, particularly mentoring beyond the classroom.

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Parise elected as Public Affairs Advisory Committee Member of ASBMB

Parise elected as Public Affairs Advisory Committee Member of ASBMB

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Parise, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry & Biophysics, who has been elected to serve on the Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

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Combating chemical warfare with a catch-all antidote

Combating chemical warfare with a catch-all antidote

Former Biochemistry & Biophysics doctoral student Andy Hemmert altered the structure of an enzyme so that it will destroy all known nerve agents used in chemical warfare. Now the U.S. Army is testing it.

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Dohlman Lab receives two paper highlights in Science and Science Signaling

Dohlman Lab receives two paper highlights in Science and Science Signaling

Congratulations to the Dohlman lab for their paper highlights in both Science & Science Signaling. Dr. Henrik Dohlman is Professor and Vice-Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and a joint Professor of Pharmacology.

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Research in Yi Zhang's lab identifies a gene critical for heart function

Research in Yi Zhang's lab identifies a gene critical for heart function

It's a gene called DOT1L, and if you don’t have enough of the DOT1L enzyme, you could be at risk for some types of heart disease. These findings by UNC researchers appear in the journal Genes and Development.

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Jean Cook recieves an Academy of Educators teaching award

Jean Cook recieves an Academy of Educators teaching award

Congratulations to Jean Cook, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who was selected as a recipient of a 2010 Basic Science Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award by the Academy of Educators at UNC-CH School of Medicine.

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Chemical tags likely to affect metabolism, cancer development

Chemical tags likely to affect metabolism, cancer development

New research in the lab of Dr. Yue Xiong, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, suggest that the addition or removal of a certain type of chemical tag - called an acetyl group - onto metabolic enzymes plays a key role in how cellular metabolism is regulated.

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