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B. A Cancer Center with a Unique Research Partnership

Narrator: This is Science Today. When the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory formed a research partnership with the University of California , Davis Cancer Center , it was the first of its kind in the nation. Rod Balhorn, leader of the Lab's Biomedical Division, says in the last five years, they've been working very closely in a program called the integrated cancer research program.

Balhorn: The main focus of this is to take technology that's being developed at Livermore for biodefense, for national defense, other application and when appropriate, apply it to healthcare. There are examples where someone here might be working on developing mass spectrometry methods for analyzing samples that may be contaminated with bacteria or viruses or toxins and identify that they're present or not and what they've done is try to use similar technology and apply it to clinical applications.

Narrator: The UC Davis Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated center. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.