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Long-Time Scientist Works to Prove Chemistry’s Place in Cancer Research

Larry Keefer, Ph.D.

Larry Keefer, Ph.D., head of the Chemical Biology Laboratory’s Drug Design Section.

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

When Larry Keefer, Ph.D., first arrived at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) more than 40 years ago, he didn’t have a physical lab to call his own. Not immediately, anyway, due to a glitch in the construction schedule, he explained.                  

So he spent his first few years in Bethesda doing administrative work, like reviewing proposals and serving as a project officer on contracts.

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Gut Microorganisms Found Necessary for Successful Cancer Therapy

Group photo of four scientists

Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D., seated. Standing, from left: Romina Goldszmid, Ph.D., Amiran Dzutsev, M.D., Ph.D., and C. Andrew Stewart, Ph.D. Not pictured: Noriho Iida, Ph.D.

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By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

Humans play host to trillions of microorganisms that help our bodies perform basic functions, like digestion, growth, and fighting disease. In fact, bacterial cells outnumber the human cells in our bodies by 10 to 1.1

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