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Tracking treatment response

Samra Turajilic

At the Francis Crick Institute, Dr Samra Turajilic is mapping how the genetic makeup of kidney tumours changes over time and affects how well they respond to treatment.

Tracing kidney cancer evolution

Evolutionary tree

Our scientists, led by Professor Charles Swanton, showed that kidney cancer is made up of an evolving patchwork of genetically different cells.