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The shape of all things – the year of crystallography

This entry is part 20 of 30 in the series Our milestones

To mark the year of crystallography, we focus on an important scientific duo who used this powerful tool to help develop cancer drugs.

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Understanding how cells divide – the story of a Nobel prize

This entry is part 19 of 30 in the series Our milestones

In 2001, our researchers Tim Hunt and Paul Nurse won a share of the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. We look back at their achievements.

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Classifying leukaemia: one size doesn’t fit all

This entry is part 18 of 30 in the series Our milestones

A landmark research paper in 1977 changed the way children with acute leukaemia are diagnosed and treated. We look at the story of a research milestone.

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Mustard gas – from the Great War to frontline chemotherapy

This entry is part 17 of 30 in the series Our milestones

From the Great War trenches to the frontline against cancer, mustard gas has come a long way, thanks to the outstanding research of chemist Alexander Haddow.

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Changing the future of pancreatic cancer: The ESPAC trials

This entry is part 16 of 30 in the series Our milestones

This latest in Our Milestones series explores the ESPAC-1 trial, which led to an improvement in survival that had never been seen before in pancreatic cancer.

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The link between working with asbestos and mesothelioma – case closed?

This entry is part 15 of 30 in the series Our milestones

In 1978 Professor Julian Peto published a scientific paper that influenced many lives, by helping to usher in an era free from asbestos.

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Counting copies: HER2 and the development of Herceptin

This entry is part 14 of 30 in the series Our milestones

Continuing Our Milestones series, we take a look at a key breast cancer molecule and the development of the breast cancer drug Herceptin.

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The story of temozolomide

This entry is part 13 of 30 in the series Our milestones

From its early development in the 1970’s to its use as an important treatment for adult brain tumours, we explore the history of the cancer drug temozolomide.

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Tamoxifen – the start of something big

This entry is part 12 of 30 in the series Our milestones

The latest in Our Milestones series: the story of tamoxifen, a discovery in 1966 that has gone on to save the lives of millions of women with breast cancer.

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The story of vismodegib and skin cancer

This entry is part 11 of 30 in the series Our milestones

Professor Phil Ingham’s research in fruit flies and fish evolved into a drug to treat patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

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