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‘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.

Making sense of big cancer data

“Cancers contain many more mutations than we thought  – but finding those that actually matter is like finding a needle in a haystack,” Dr Dana Pe’er told the audience at...

‘Turning off’ bowel cancer – as easy as APC?

Bowel cancer’s origins can often be traced back to just a single faulty gene: APC – short for adenomatous polyposis coli.

The potent effects of damage to this...

Healthy skin may carry DNA changes linked to cancer

Analysing normal skin cells is leading to a better understanding of skin cancer.

International DNA study heralds new era for prostate cancer trials

The vast majority of advanced prostate tumours contain genetic faults that make them sensitive to drugs already available or in development.

Pint of Science 2015: from cows to cancer clinical trials

In just a few weeks’ time, people will be gathering in venues up and down the country to hear the nation’s top minds discuss the latest developments in science.


Our milestones: the discovery of the NRAS signalling gene

This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series Our milestones

In the latest in Our Milestones series, we go back to the 1980s – the dawn of a new era in cancer research...

TRAIL and error – flipping cancer’s self-destruct switch

It may sound dramatic, but sometimes our bodies need to tell our cells to self destruct.

Known as apoptosis, this suicide mechanism is usually only triggered under...

From snapshot to family tree – writing the evolutionary rule book of cancer

For hundreds of years the Scottish Highlands have resounded to the names of their famous clans: MacDonald, Campbell, Fraser, and many more. Each clan is a complex,...

Science Snaps: exposing melanoma’s ‘safe haven’ to help tackle drug resistance

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Science Snaps

Drug resistance is a big problem, particularly for advanced melanoma.

People with melanoma respond...