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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists are first to visualize breast cancer protein in precise detail

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists are first to visualize breast cancer protein in precise detail

A team of scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute developed a novel technique to provide the first three-dimensional view of a protein that can cause breast cancer.

The results were published this week in the Nature Partner Journal, Breast Cancer.

“Mutations can change protein function at the molecular level,” said Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and lead author on the study. “Many diseases, including breast cancer, are related to mutations that alter protein structure, but studying those changes is difficult without the use of new visualization tools.” 

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