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Genetic test could help identify breast cancer risk

UK researchers have taken a step towards identifying women at increased risk of breast cancer by analysing their DNA.

Unpicking the genetic ‘patchwork’ in ovarian cancer

Cancer is not one disease, but a multitude.

We often say that there are more than 200 types of cancer – lung, prostate, bowel, breast and all the rest – but this is...

Hide and seek: tracing prostate cancer’s origins

In the well-known ‘Where’s Wally’ kids books, you had to try and pick out Wally from a sea of characters who were all wearing red-and-white striped outfits.


Healthy-looking prostate cells mask cancer-causing mutations

Prostate cells that look normal under the microscope may be hiding genetic mutations that could develop into cancer, according to new research.

Teaching the next generation to crack the enigma of cancer

From the Oscars to code-breaking science – we look at how our researchers are helping school children crack cancer’s DNA secrets using computers.

Genetic weakness points to potential drug target

US scientists have identified a molecule that, if targeted with drugs, could help slow the growth of tumour cells carrying certain genetic faults.

Researchers discover genetic fingerprint of HPV virus in some head and neck cancers

A large US study has pinpointed genetic errors that mark out head and neck cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Gene linked to aggressive breast cancer

UK scientists have linked an overactive gene to an aggressive type of breast cancer.

The Enemy Within – 50 years of fighting cancer

Cancer has always been with us, affecting our species for many thousands of years. For most of that time there was little we could do in the face of such a powerful...

The shape of all things – the year of crystallography

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

Crystals have been a source of fascination for thousands of years, and for good reason. Not only are they...