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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.

Gene editing technology could help engineer better cancer targeting immune cells

Category: Science blog April 15, 2016

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

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New immunotherapy discovery could give treatments the precision they need

Category: Science blog March 3, 2016

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

We explore the first of our Grand Challenges and ask the experts if it's possible to develop vaccines to prevent cancers t...

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Expert Opinion – Professor Richard Gilbertson talks children’s cancers

Category: Science blog November 26, 2015

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

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Recently funded research – understanding what makes cancer tick

Category: Science blog October 2, 2015

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

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

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Cellular ‘kryptonite’ poses challenges in tackling childhood nerve cancer

Category: Science blog August 1, 2015

Our scientists have discovered that neuroblastoma cells can produce a cellular ‘kryptonite’ that seems to sap the powe...

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