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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 and edits the blog and news feed.

News digest – lung cancer in non-smokers, targeted clinical trials, pancreatic cancer ‘chatter’ and immigration

In the news this week: Lung cancer in never-smokers is on the rise and reading tumour DNA could match patients to early stage clinical trials.

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Science Surgery: ‘How do tumours ‘know’ where to spread?’

This entry is part 14 of 21 in the series Science Surgery

It’s hard to talking about cancers ‘knowing’ something, but they can have predictable patterns of spread. And scientists are beginning to understand why.

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

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?

This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series Cancer Grand Challenges

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  

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

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

This entry is part 25 of 30 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 

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 

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

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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