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This week, KSMU is profiling Missouri State University science professors and their research as part of a series on innovative scientific research in the local community. We begin with chemistry professor Gary Meints, who has spent most of his career looking at DNA to find a way to treat and even prevent cancer. KSMU's Jana Greer takes a closer look Professor Meint's work.
In a small laboratory filled with large silver tanks, Gary Meints discusses how his lab equipment works
To do his research, he uses Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. With the use of a large magnet, it's a way scientists study specific molecules.
Gary Meints has been teaching chemistry at Missouri State University since 2004. He received his master's degree from the University of Washington and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. He's spent most of his career looking at DNA and explains what DNA is.
But when DNA is damaged, cells become mutated and heath problems like cancer arise.
Meints does basic research. That means he does experiments to find new information that other scientists can use create new medicines. In his research, looks at how DNA is repaired. By learning more about that, he hopes to find information that can be used to treat and even prevent cancer.
Even though he hasn't personally been affected by cancer, he says he hopes to help those who have.
Meints is receiving a research grant from the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute. He plans to continue teaching and researching at Missouri State University.