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World's Top High School Science Students To Visit Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (April 30, 1999) -- Some of the world's top high school science students will visit Fox Chase Cancer Center on Tuesday morning, May 4 as part of the 50th International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). This prestigious week-long event, May 2-8, is the only international science project competition for high school students in the world.

Forty-six young scientists chose to tour Fox Chase Cancer Center. As part of the week's activities, various research organizations throughout the Philadelphia area will host visits at their facilities. The tour at Fox Chase is a popular visit and is filled to capacity.

While at Fox Chase, the students will have the chance to interact with scientists on the cutting-edge of cancer research as they get a firsthand look at one of the top comprehensive cancer centers in the country. They will visit laboratories where cancer research is conducted and go on walking tours of the facility, guided by Fox Chase scientists.

During their visit, the student scientists will meet with Maureen Murphy, Ph.D. and learn about her work with the p53 tumor suppressor gene. Dr. Murphy will also talk about women in science. In the lab of Eric Moss, Ph.D., the students will get an up-close look at the tiny worm, C. elegans. This is the first animal to have its entire genome sequenced and the only animal whose entire nervous system wiring is known.

Melvin Bosma, Ph.D. will talk to the young scientists about his work with the Severe Combined Immunodeficient mouse, or SCID mouse. The mouse, developed by Bosma, is commonly used in the scientific community because it has no immune system and provides a blank background for doing experiments.

Finally, the young scientists will have a special meeting with Alfred G. Knudson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. A geneticist and physician, Dr. Knudson is internationally recognized for his "two-hit" theory of cancer causation, which explained the relationship between the hereditary and non-hereditary forms of a cancer and predicted the existence of genes that can suppress cancer cell growth. This now-confirmed theory has advanced understanding of errors in the genetic program that turn normal cells into cancer cells.

Dr. Knudson is a 1998 recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Considered "America's Nobels," Lasker Awards rank among the highest recognition for careers of distinguished work because of the extremely rigorous process of nomination and selection by a jury of the world's top scientists.

Approximately 5,000 students, teachers, mentors and scientists will be in town for the fair, hosted by Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc. The student scientists will compete for scholarships and prizes totaling over $2 million, including a grand prize trip to the Nobel Ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden.

Close to 1,000 Ph.D. scientists and engineers will judge student entries in a variety of categories, including chemistry, computer sciences, medicine & health, microbiology and physics. Representatives from over 50 professional societies and organizations will also be on-hand to present awards.

For more information about the International Science and Engineering Fair, please contact the Host Committee Office at 215-895-5840.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research including prevention, detection and treatment of cancer, and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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