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Mike Forrester
Fishing for answers – and a cure – to leukemia “Zebrafish are the wave of the future for cancer research,” says Mike Forrester, a Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Jason Berman in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University. Mike is using an animal model of high-risk leukemia to study how a gene mutation affects the growth of blood cells.

“We want to understand how this gene mutation changes blood cells into leukemia cells, and we want to find a new drug that specifically combats this high-risk gene mutation, because traditional chemotherapy drugs are not effective against high-risk leukemia,” he explains.

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