NCI Launches Glycobiology Biomarker Initiative | GenomeWeb

With the launch of new a $15.5 million, five-year initiative, the National Cancer Institute is ramping up efforts to help identify potential cancer biomarkers in the form of complex carbohydrate structures attached to lipid and protein molecules, known as glycans. A total of seven independent Tumor Glycome Laboratories will focus on potential glycan biomarkers for breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancers, to name just a few. The Glycome Laboratories are the primary component of the new trans-NIH Alliance of Glycobiologists for Detection of Cancer and Cancer Risk.

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