Wichita State researcher focuses on cancer spreads

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita State researcher is focusing on how cancer cells spread and kill.

The work of assistant chemistry professor Moriah Beck involves the analysis of something called palladin. The critical protein is produced in large amounts in highly mobile cells.

Beck says the goal is to detect and eliminate harmful cells before they have the chance to migrate throughout the body.

Scientists from Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Virginia, Washington University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill are collaborating with Beck's team.

Beck came to Wichita State last year from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she began her research on palladin and collaborated with the person who discovered the protein.

Beck was awarded two grants for her research in 2011.

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