Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia University chemistry professor has won a two-year federal grant for research that could help create cancer drugs.
George O'Doherty is getting $293,000 from the National Institutes of Health.
He and his team have been trying for 13 years to develop new ways to synthesize complex carbohydrates.
That's vital to developing new drugs, he says, because altering the configuration of molecules often produces a different biological action.
O'Doherty is currently focused on the heart drug digitoxin, which he hopes could be transformed into a cancer-fighting drug by modifying its sugars.
The grant will help O'Doherty keep his team of eight graduate students, four postdoctoral students, three undergraduates and one visiting scientist.
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