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Hormel Institute adds new cancer research section

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- A new cancer research section has been added to the Hormel Institute.

The addition will investigate the cause of cancer cells spreading from one area of the body to the liver. Dr. Ningling Kang will lead the research section. She is being funded by a five-year $1.6 million dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute through 2016.

Dr. Kang will have four scientists working with her determining why cancer cells show preference for spreading to the liver.

She believes if communication can be disrupted between cancer cells and the liver, researchers could help prevent tumor growth in the organ.

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