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Cancer Researcher to Speak at SWOSU Maness Seminar Series on March 7

Dr. Gary GorbskyDr. Gary Gorbsky, program chair of the Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, will be guest speaker at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Biological Sciences J.D. Maness Seminar Series on Wednesday, March 7.

Dr. Gorbsky will present “Transitions in Mitosis and the Danger of Waiting Too Long” in a presentation open to the public at 4 p.m. in Room 212 of the Old Science Building on the Weatherford campus. Admission is free.

Mistakes in the movement and separation of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes can result in congenital birth defects and the development of cancer. To prevent such mistakes, cells use a checkpoint system to ensure the chromosomes are equally distributed. Gorbsky has significantly increased understanding of how this check point system functions. By identifying faults in the checkpoint systems of cancerous cells, he hopes to target these defects to treat and destroy cancer.

For more information about the presentation, contact SWOSU Assistant Professor Dr. Regina McGrane at 580-774-3046.