In Siberia, research team to seek new cancer therapies
4 Feb '14
The Novosibirsk-based Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, in Siberia, has won a ‘megagrant’ from the Russian Government, and now its scientists are studying cell division mechanisms in a bid to find brand new cancer therapies, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing a statement by Igor Zhimulyov, the director of the think-tank.
The formation and development of malignant tumors is a process closely related to sporadic cell division, and that’s why “we are looking for various approaches to controlling cell division,” Mr. Zhimulyov said.
A $2.7m ‘megagrant’ is expected to come from federal coffers in a few tranches over the next three years. Under terms of Russia’s ‘megagrant’ program, the Novosibirsk project will be led by a foreign specialist. The Siberian researchers are expecting Maurizio Gatti from the University of Rome to come and join them soon.