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Profile: Tyler Curiel

In the midst of Hurricane Katrina, a cancer researcher risks everything to save a medical treasure.
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(This video is no longer available for streaming.) Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on scientific and medical research in the New Orleans region. In the midst of the disaster, Dr. Tyler Curiel, the Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Tulane University, did all that he could to salvage precious samples of cancer cells. The cells could shed light on a deadly disease called Sino Nasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma, and they carried special meaning for Curiel because they came from his beloved student Andy Martin, who died of the disease a year before the hurricane struck.

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