Cancer's enemies are NC State and UC-Davis scientists

August 25, 2013 

Dr. Ken Adler works in cell biology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at N.C. State University, and one of his oldest friends is Dr. Reen Wu of the University of California-Davis, so their efforts to fight cancer with a drug originally developed by Adler might be called bi-coastal. But it may wind up being a worldwide wonder.

Adler thus brings more justified glory to N.C. State, where scientific wonders are being developed every day in far-flung spots on campus. It’s too easy, being in Raleigh, to understand the importance and scope of some of these developments, but they’re well-known to other scientists the world over.

Adler’s drug, which Wu tested on human cancer cells last fall, was developed to stop inflammation from spreading in patients with problems such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. Wu’s tests found that the drug seemed to stop those human cancer cells from moving.

Now the drug will be tested on mice at other cancer centers that have been genetically programmed to develop cancer. The drug has caused more than a ripple in the scientific community.

And brought yet more worthwhile praise to N.C. State.

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