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Biology Professor Antonio T. Baines, Ph.D. (Courtesy Photo)

North Carolina Central University Biology Professor Antonio T. Baines, Ph.D., whose research centers on the interactions of proteins and their function in cells, will be featured in a UNCTV special on cancer airing at 8 p.m. April 1. UNC-TV is a PBS member television station licensed in North Carolina.

The UNC-TV program appears in conjunction with the PBS documentary Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies, produced by Ken Burns. The PBS program is being aired in three parts at 9 p.m. daily on March 30, 31, and April 1 and is based on a book of the same title by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.

In the UNC-TV program, titled Cancer: Focus of Life, researchers discuss recent medical discoveries, as well as the stories of individual cancer patients in North Carolina, where more than 350,000 residents are cancer survivors.

Also participating in the UNC-TV show are NCCU alumnus and leukemia survivor Rashawn King, along with Neil Spector, M.D., of Duke University School of Medicine, breast cancer survivor Jamie Valvano, from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, and Deborah Mayer, Ph.D., R.N., of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The program includes a panel discussion about important cancer work ongoing in NC, as well as challenges for patients with cancer. It also offers viewers a look into the laboratories of Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnology Research Institute, where Baines evaluates interactions among proteins to identify functions they control in individual cells in an effort to slow or stop the spread of cancer.