Cancer Research – Interview with Dr. Francis Barany

by David Lemberg on August 15, 2008

in Genetics and Genomic Medicine

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Dr. Francis Barany is Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Program of Biochemistry and Structural Biology at Cornell/Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City. Dr. Barany is also Director of Mutation Research at the Strang Cancer Prevention Center. He is program director of two multi-center NCI and NIAID grants to develop new methods of cancer and infectious disease detection.

Dr. Barany is best known for developing the ligase chain reaction and ligase detection reaction, and Universal DNA arrays for detection of genetic diseases and cancer-associated mutations. He was named to the “SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN 50″ in 2004.

In our in-depth 7-12-07 interview, Dr. Barany discusses

  • How to detect cancer while it’s hidden in the genome
  • Comprehensive molecular profiling of colon tumors
  • The universal array genomic chip which is used for the rapid and accurate detection of cancers and other diseases, especially breast and colon cancer
  • How the ligase chain reaction detects single-base mutations
  • Grand challenges in cancer therapy
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