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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.

8 new challenges between us and beating cancer

Category: Science blog June 22, 2017 0 comments

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Grand Challenge

We launch phase 2 of our Grand Challenge with 8 of the biggest questions in cancer research.

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News digest – smoking rates falling, aspirin risks, breast cancer drug U-turn and… ‘tanning drugs’?

Category: Science blog June 17, 2017 0 comments

Smoking rates falling, aspirin has risks as well as benefits, breast cancer drug U-turn in England and… what's behind the talk of ‘tanning drugs’? Here's ...

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Science Snaps: a fly on the wall of cancer research

Category: Science blog June 2, 2017 1 comment

This entry is part 21 of 21 in the series Science Snaps

We find out about what fruit flies have to teach us about how to fight cancer.

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CRISPR genome editing and immunotherapy – the early adopter

Category: Science blog April 21, 2017 1 comment

How is CRISPR genome editing helping harness the power of immunotherapy?

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News digest – immunotherapies showing promise, breast cancer drug approved for Scotland, childhood cancer rates, and… killer sofas?

Category: Science blog April 14, 2017 0 comments

Immunotherapies are showing promise but not for every tumour, calls for boys to be vaccinated against HPV, and... what's killer about sofas? Find out in the new...

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Science Snaps: mapping cellular ‘stars’, one molecule at a time

Category: Science blog April 6, 2017 0 comments

This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series Science Snaps

How do you study cell division, without cells?

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News digest – cutting sugar, a new NHS target, lab-grown mini tumours, and… vitamin C as a treatment?

Category: Science blog April 1, 2017 0 comments

New guidelines to help cut sugar levels, old and new cancer waiting targets, tools to improve diagnosis, and... why is vitamin C in the headlines? We explain al...

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News digest – more ‘bad luck’, the Pill and cancer risk, global smoking rates falling, and… blood tests for screening?

Category: Science blog March 25, 2017 3 comments

Headlines say cancer down to ‘bad luck’; the Pill and cancer risk; on average global smoking rates are falling; and can a blood test work for screening?

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Reports that cancer is ‘mainly bad luck’ make a complicated story a bit too simple

Category: Science blog March 24, 2017 3 comments

New research predicts that 2 in 3 cancers are ‘due to bad luck’, we look at why the story is a bit more complicated than that.

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News digest – smoking rates falling, NHS England failing on waiting times, Budget day and… are you what you eat?

Category: Science blog March 11, 2017 0 comments

Smoking rates are falling, NHS England is failing on waiting times, Budget day came around and… are you what you eat?

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