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Inflammation and cancer: unravelling a 150-year-old mystery

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?

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

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 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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Cell culture shock – a scientist’s hunt for the perfect cocktail

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?’

This entry is part 13 of 20 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

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 

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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Meet the scientists taking on 3 of the biggest challenges in cancer research

This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series Grand Challenge

Three new teams funded through our Grand Challenge are about to embark on research projects focusing on the microbiome, faulty genes and chronic inflammation.

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Science Snaps: digging for clues on how bowel cancer starts

This entry is part 23 of 27 in the series Science Snaps

We find out how stem cells could provide clues to how bowel cancer develops.

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