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Michael studied biochemistry at the University of Glasgow, before completing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London where he investigated how cells communicate. After that he worked in a science press office and joined Cancer Research UK’s News and Multimedia team in 2016, where he writes for the blog and news feed.

A routine blood test for cancer would be fantastic. Today’s news isn’t it

Category: Science blog January 19, 2018 11 comments

A cancer blood test is in the news today, but it’s too early to say if it will work. We take a look at what questions still need to be answered.

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How can CRISPR genome editing shape the future of cancer research?

Category: Science blog January 12, 2018 2 comments

CRISPR genome editing has received lots of attention and hype, so we took a look at what it really means for the future of cancer research.

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Scientists are combining drugs and radiotherapy, hunting for better results

Category: Science blog January 8, 2018 1 comment

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Radiotherapy

By combining radiotherapy with different kinds of drugs, scientists hope that both can be made more effective.

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News digest – diagnosis delays, cervical cancer deaths, ‘what is cancer?’, and… mobile phones?

Category: Science blog December 23, 2017 0 comments

Our top stories this week include evidence of delays to cancer diagnosis, as well as the most googled health question of the year.

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News digest – diabetes, junk food ads, HPV vaccine, and… cancer drug treats HIV?

Category: Science blog December 2, 2017 0 comments

This week saw diabetes and extra weight linked to cancer, as well as a case of a man whose HIV was brought under control by a lung cancer drug.

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News digest – breast cancer drugs, alcohol pricing, ‘indulgent grandparents’, and… coffee (again)?

Category: Science blog November 18, 2017 2 comments

This week saw two breast cancer drugs approved in England, and Scotland winning the right to set a minimum price for units of alcohol.

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News digest – e-cig inquiry, breast cancer risk, junk food promotions, and… a lack of goodwill?

Category: Science blog October 28, 2017 1 comment

This week saw new research on brain tumour and ovarian cancers, while MPs launched an inquiry into e-cigarettes.

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News digest – obesity costs, radiologist shortage, breast cancer risk, and… avatars?

Category: Science blog October 14, 2017 2 comments

The growing global cost of obesity was in the news this week, along with genetic tests for breast cancer and a rare childhood cancer.

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News digest – lung cancer drug, vaping, HPV, and… CRISPR genome editing?

Category: Science blog September 23, 2017 2 comments

In this week’s news a drug was approved for some lung cancer patients in England, and vaping could be a big piece of the quitting smoking puzzle.

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News digest – Brexit, viral treatments, alcohol, and… prostate cancer screening?

Category: Science blog September 9, 2017 1 comment

In this week’s cancer news there’s Brexit plans, viruses being used as treatments, and disagreements over screening for prostate cancer.

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