Basser Research Center for BRCA Unveils Homologous Hope Sculpture


March 15, 2014

On Wednesday night, the Basser Research Center for BRCA held a celebration to formally unveil "Homologous Hope," a new sculpture in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, x and PHL17 reported. Weighing over 500 pounds, the large-scale piece was created especially for the Basser Research Center for BRCA by internationally renowned artist Mara G. Haseltine, and is suspended from the glass atrium of the Perelman Center, greeting visitors as they enter. Using LED lights, the sculpture illustrates how a healthy cell repairs DNA that causes breast, ovarian and pancreatic cancers. It is an accurate depiction of the part of the BRCA2 gene that is responsible for DNA repair. The sculpture celebrates the hope that the establishment of the Basser Research Center is giving to countless families and their loved ones, thanks to the $25 million gift from Penn alumni Mindy and Jon Gray to create the center in 2012.

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