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St. Jude's cutting edge research

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Many children have been cured at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and KTBS 3's Rick Rowe took a look at a few of them.

When you walk into St. Jude, you will see the little bald heads, the white coats and then you see the flags; more than a 100 of them from most of the nations of the earth. But the flags aren't on display for show, they're for work. They are the best and the brightest minds from around the world and from the USA and they're working at St. Jude with a local boy. Dr. Clifford Fraphley spent time in Shreveport at the LSU med school and now he's taking pictures of proteins.

"It's called the Disneyland of research. It's colorful, there are kids everywhere and we have the coolest rides. We have all of the best equipment and it makes working here fun. I can do anything, I can dream of to test any of these problems" says Dr. Fraphley.

For instance, St. Jude will soon have the only pediatric protein beam in the world allowing oncologist to specifically target a tumor in the brain for instance and avoid healthy tissue.

"The healthy brain tissue will be sparked then they won't have hearing problems, speech, vision and their IQ won't be affected. These are the things we are looking forward to with new treatment" says Dr. Fraphley.

All this is enough to make one former Louisiana boy happy to go to work.

Dr. Fraphley says "it's fantastic. I wake up every morning without an alarm clock because I'm excited about going to work."

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