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

Category: Science blog April 18, 2019 0 comments

This entry is part 14 of 14 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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Why do certain faulty genes only cause cancer in some parts of the body?

Category: Science blog April 10, 2019 0 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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Inflammation and cancer: unravelling a 150-year-old mystery

Category: Science blog March 28, 2019 0 comments

This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series Grand Challenge

Inflammation can prevent infections and helps repair injuries. But for people with long-term inflammatory conditions, it can sometimes lead to cancer.

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Could the bacteria in our gut help treat cancer?

Category: Science blog March 21, 2019 11 comments

This entry is part 19 of 21 in the series Grand Challenge

Gut bacteria may help some bowel cancers grow. Our Grand Challenge scientists want to see if tinkering with these tiny communities could be a new way to treat cancer.

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

Category: Science blog March 20, 2019 5 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 25 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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Cell culture shock – a scientist’s hunt for the perfect cocktail

Category: Science blog March 18, 2019 0 comments

Lab-grown cells live on liquid food called cell culture media. But off-the-shelf recipes could be skewing experiments, posing a challenge for cancer research.

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Science Surgery: ‘Why doesn’t the immune system attack cancer cells?’

Category: Science blog February 28, 2019 7 comments

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Science Surgery

In this Science Surgery post Millie asks: ‘Why doesn’t the immune system attack cancer cells?’ The short answer is it does! But sometimes it needs a helping hand from exciting new treatments.

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Stitching together a ‘Google Earth’ for cancer

Category: Science blog February 14, 2019 14 comments

This entry is part 18 of 21 in the series Grand Challenge

Our Grand Challenge scientists at the National Physical Laboratory are using their expertise in measurement to draw a new map of cancer. The team hopes it will point to ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

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Downloading the genetic rules of cancer 

Category: Science blog February 4, 2019 1 comment

Scientists are working to document all the faults in the DNA of cancer cells to help them understand how cancer works.

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