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Researcher looking at a virus and cancer

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KWWL)--An Illinois scientist has received a grant to study a possible link between a virus and cancer.

Edward Gershburt, a researcher at Southern Illinois University, has received a grant of nearly $100,000 for the study. The grant is from the American Cancer Society. He will look at what role the Epstein-Barr virus may play in cancer development.

The virus is dormant in most people but has been implicated in several cancers. The study will test whether changes in DNA-protein combinations change when exposed to the virus and if those are the same changes seen in cancer cells.

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