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WASHINGTON — Montana State University has been awarded a $260,735 research grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., announced Wednesday.

The grant will fund research on iron-sulfur clusters by MSU's pharmacology, physiology and biological chemistry programs.

Dr. Richard Ikeda, a biochemist at the NIGMS, said MSU's research looks at how a specific class of enzymes — consisting of iron, sulfur and an element known as SAM — affects the creation of hemoglobin and lipids in cells.

The NIGMS is a department within the National Institutes of Health.

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"This grant will help MSU continue conducting cutting-edge research and the high quality of education made available at our public universities," Burns said. "This enables our young folks to stay in state for their education. Our strong research programs keep our most precious resource, our children, in Montana to live, learn and work."

According to the NIGMS Web site, the organization supports basic biomedical research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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