DCI Blog


Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

A Meeting Of Nobel Minds 

Thomas R. Cech, PhD, director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, delivered the Paul L. Modrich, PhD, Distinguished Lecture today at the Bryan Research Building to a packed auditorium of faculty and staff. The topic: “Shedding Some light on the Dark Matter of the...

Innovative Research the Focus of DCI Scientific Retreat

Duke Cancer Institute hosted the Fourth Annual DCI Scientific Retreat on Friday, Oct. 28, at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco District in Durham. The event featured the second-annual *O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture, which was presented by Levi A. Garraway, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and...

Researchers ID Genes That Make Sarcomas Less Aggressive

Duke Cancer Institute and Rice University researchers have identified a network of regulatory genes (the microRNA-200 family, ZEB1, and GRHL2) they believe are driving some sarcomas toward a different cell lineage — a condition that seems to predict better patient outcomes.

Research: Variation in "Junk DNA"

All humans are 99.9 percent identical, genetically speaking. But that tiny 0.1 percent variation has big consequences, influencing the color of your eyes, the span of your hips, your risk of getting sick and in some ways even your earning potential. Although variants are scattered throughout the...

Nobel Laureates Receive NC Award, State's Highest Prize

Research Triangle Nobel laureates Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar will pick up another prize on Thursday, Sept. 22, when they receive the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest honor. Modrich, the James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry, and Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry...

Modrich Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Duke Cancer Institute's Paul L. Modrich, PhD, James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry; Tomas Lindahl, MD, PhD, of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in the UK; and Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have been named recipients of the 2015 Nobel...