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Two years on for our pioneering TRACERx lung cancer study

It should have been a dream holiday – a perfect escape from England’s January chills for a retired couple. Terrence, 75, was relaxing on deck with a book as the cruise...

NHS England must act as patients miss out on cancer drug tests

It’s a wonder of modern science that, for at least some types of cancer, doctors are now able to exploit the unique genetic faults in a person’s tumour to treat their...

Molecule in bowel tumours linked to poorer survival

US scientists have identified a molecule whose levels in tumour tissue appear to be linked with poorer survival among bowel cancer patients.

‘This switches the lights on’ – how discovering the shape of three proteins could lead to new cancer drugs

The ‘lightbulb moment’ is a much-coveted event in a scientist’s career.

But in reality, it’s something more likely to appear in a work of fiction than in the...

Cataloguing the genetic chaos in oesophageal cancer

On the 27th of September 2013 Tracy Collinson’s world turned upside down. Seemingly out of nowhere, her husband Nigel – father to their two young boys – was diagnosed with...

The five faces of prostate cancer?

For a long time, cancer was believed to be one disease. But as our understanding has grown over the last 20 years, so has our awareness of its complexity.

We now...

Shape-shifting molecular cousins are the key to DNA repair

It’s taken years of frustration and dedication (not to mention countless hours spent in a small room roughly the temperature of a domestic fridge) but the hard work has...

Scientists solve breast and ovarian cancer genetic mystery

Francis Crick Institute scientists have solved a decades-old mystery and helped to unravel the genetic cause of some breast and ovarian cancers

Can ‘jumping genes’ cause cancer chaos?

Statistically speaking, your genome is mostly junk.

Less than two per cent of it is made up of actual genes – stretches of DNA carrying instructions that tell cells...

‘Jumping genes’ may drive oesophageal cancer

Scientists have found that ‘jumping genes’ may add to the genetic chaos behind more than three-quarters of oesophageal cancer cases.