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Documentary Premiers at Paramount Theater
2:44 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

A Biography of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

A new, three-part documentary begins tonight on public television.  The subject is cancer, and the executive producer is Ken Burns.

“Our film project, The Emperor of All Maladies is about as close to the bone as filmmaking gets for me.  There was never a moment in my awareness as a human being that I didn’t know something was desperately wrong with my mother.  She died when I was 11, almost 12 years old.  “

The program features research scientists and doctors.

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General Assembly
4:18 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmakers Consider "Right to Try" for Terminally Ill Patients

Aimee Hardy advocates for the legislation.

Patients with a terminal illness would have expanded access to investigational drugs under Senate legislation that has been given preliminary approval by the House of Delegates. 

The bill would allow manufacturers to supply the medicine when all other treatment options have been exhausted. The legislation—which has been dubbed the “Right to Try” bill—was inspired by a young boy in the Commonwealth who fought for access to an investigational drug last year.

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Leader in the Field
10:04 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Second Wind for Stability Tunnel at VT

If you think it’s windy outside, that’s nothing compared to the wind speeds inside the wind tunnel at Virginia Tech.  Built by NASA during World War Two to test aircraft stability, it remains one of the best of its kind in the world.

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May Lead to a Blood Test
3:57 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Cancer Breakthrough at UVA

Credit University of Virginia School of Medicine

Scientists at the University of Virginia have made what could be an important breakthrough in treating cancer.  They’ve discovered a substance released by lung cancer cells that enables them to spread – beginning their deadly march to other parts of the body.  Biochemist Marty Mayo says finding that substance, called Activin A, could lead to a simple blood test for certain cancers.

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Virginia Tech's Weekend Hackathon: A Force for Goo
5:26 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Meet the Hackers: A Force for Good

Credit VT Hacks Facebook, 2014

There’s a Hackathon set for this weekend at Virginia Tech. Students from around the country will be in Blacksburg. ---But no need to worry. These are not the same hackers who stage attacks on computers. 

"We need to throw out the misnomer. Hackathons are not really about getting together and hacking in to mainframes," says Computer Science major Brandon Potts, Transportation Coordinator for this weekend’s Hackathon at Virginia Tech.

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