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Katie studied biochemistry at the University of Oxford, before joining a lab to investigate why the immune system can’t control HIV. She then worked in science communication for the MS Society and joined Cancer Research UK’s News and Content team in 2017, where she writes for the blog and news feed.

News digest – cancer ‘vaccine factories’, cataloguing DNA weaknesses, NHS drug decisions and cancer sniffing canines

Category: Science blog April 13, 2019 2 comments

In this week’s news: scientists use CRISPR to catalogue cancer’s weaknesses and researchers train cancer sniffing canines.

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Why do certain faulty genes only cause cancer in some parts of the body?

Category: Science blog April 10, 2019 3 comments

This entry is part 21 of 21 in the series Grand Challenge

Our international team of scientists are tackling a fundamental question about how cancer develops: why do some gene faults only cause cancer in certain organs?

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News digest – hot tea, cancer doctor shortages, junk food ad ban proposals and baby Grady  

Category: Science blog March 23, 2019 0 comments

In this week’s news: headlines saying ‘hot tea causes oesophageal cancer’ miss crucial details and Government proposes junk food ad watershed.

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The immune system preys on growing lung cancers, forcing them to evolve to survive

Category: Science blog March 20, 2019 10 comments

Scientists are taking a leaf out of Darwin’s evolutionary handbook to understand how lung cancer evolves.

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Science Snaps: revealing a potential new marker for aggressive prostate cancer

Category: Science blog March 19, 2019 0 comments

This entry is part 25 of 27 in the series Science Snaps

Our scientists have uncovered a new marker that’s found on treatment-resistant prostate cancer cells.

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Rewriting the breast cancer rulebook 

Category: Science blog March 13, 2019 31 comments

Our scientists are rewriting the breast cancer rulebook. By looking at faults in tumour DNA, they’ve found that breast cancer is not 1 but 10 different diseases each with a different risk of coming back or spreading.

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International Women’s Day: a Wikipedia edit-a-thon for women in cancer research 

Category: Science blog March 8, 2019 6 comments

Less than 1 in 5 Wikipedia biographies are about women. And we wanted to change that. We held International Women’s Day Wikipedia edit-a-thon to create and update pages about women in cancer research.

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News digest – smoking and melanoma, global cervical cancer rates, flexible drug pricing and great white sharks

Category: Science blog February 23, 2019 2 comments

In this week’s news: smoking may limit the body’s ability to flexible drug pricing could speed up NHS access.

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A tribute to Peter Rainey 

Category: Science blog February 19, 2019 2 comments

We pay tribute to Peter Rainey – a passionate and dedicated patient advocate who helped put people affected by cancer at the heart of our research programme.

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News digest – lung cancer scanning, cervical screening test switch, ‘Trojan horse’ cancer drug and fossilised tumour discovery

Category: Science blog February 9, 2019 Comments are closed

In this week’s news: NHS England roll out lung cancer scanning, and a planned cervical screening test switch could see the time between screenings extended to 5 years.

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