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Alan studied molecular biology at the University of Washington in America before crossing the pond to complete a PhD in immunology at the University of Edinburgh. After a stint at the BBC working on live news he joined the Cancer Research UK press office in 2013. He is now part of the Cancer Research UK science information team, communicating the science that the charity funds to the public.

Science Snaps: how knowing the shape of cancer cells could improve treatments

Category: Science blog October 19, 2016 0 comments

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series Science Snaps

We step behind the microscope to look at research into shape-shifting cancer cells that’s funded by Stand Up To Cancer.

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Improving treatments for childhood nerve cancer means understanding its complexity

Category: Science blog October 7, 2016 0 comments

New research points to a possible way to help personalise treatment for a type of childhood cancer.

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Gene editing technology could help engineer better cancer targeting immune cells

Category: Science blog April 15, 2016 11 comments

We explore how the latest gene editing technology could help our scientists engineer immune cells to precisely target and kill cancer cells.

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New immunotherapy discovery could give treatments the precision they need

Category: Science blog March 3, 2016 24 comments

Our scientists may have uncovered the ‘guidance system’ needed to make cancer immunotherapy more effective.

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Grand Challenge one: can we develop a jab to prevent cancer?

Category: Science blog December 2, 2015 Comments are closed

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Grand Challenge

We explore the first of our Grand Challenges and ask the experts if it’s possible to develop vaccines to prevent cancers that aren’t caused by viruses.

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Expert Opinion – Professor Richard Gilbertson talks children’s cancers

Category: Science blog November 26, 2015 1 comment

We caught up with Professor Richard Gilbertson to find out the challenges facing research into children’s cancers, and where the field is heading.

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Recently funded research – understanding what makes cancer tick

Category: Science blog October 2, 2015 Comments are closed

Here are a few highlights from the research projects our Science Committee funded in April.

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Stopping cancer’s scrum for survival

Category: Science blog September 25, 2015 Comments are closed

Our scientists have discovered that similar to a rugby maul, cancer cells can ward off tumour-killing immune cells through an important cellular signal.

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Cellular ‘kryptonite’ poses challenges in tackling childhood nerve cancer

Category: Science blog August 1, 2015 1 comment

Our scientists have discovered that neuroblastoma cells can produce a cellular ‘kryptonite’ that seems to sap the power from nearby immune cells.

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Working together to beat cancer in young people

Category: Science blog July 15, 2015 Comments are closed

We talk about some of the highlights from the Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Workshop and how we can overcome some of the biggest challenges facing childhood c...

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