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In this month’s podcast we look back over a year of progress, picking out some of the research highlights of 2008, from important clinical trials to cancer stem cell discoveries.  We’ll be covering more of our 2008 achievements on the blog over the next few weeks, so watch this space.

Speaking of ground-breaking research, Sir Tim Hunt talks to our roving reporter Anna Lacey about the Nobel prize-winning secrets he found lurking within sea urchins.

And Cancer Research UK’s Chief Executive Harpal Kumar talks about the charity’s new 5-year research strategy, aimed at improving cancer survival.

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