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David Adams

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Searching for early signs of cancer

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Hinxton
Cambridge
CB10 1SA
United Kingdom

Email: da1@sanger.ac.uk
Tel: 01223 834344
Web: Lab website

Dr David Adams and his team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge are studying tiny fragments of DNA that collect in cells as they start to grow of control, heading towards cancer. These fragments are useful indicator of the risk of developing cancer. 

Dr Adams and his team are using powerful methods that allow them to sift through many thousands of cells quickly and accurately. They can detect the misplaced fragments of DNA present in early stage cancer cells and work out what gene changes caused the problem. They are screening many different types of cells from mice with different genetic backgrounds to find important hallmarks of cancer risk.

Discovering ways of testing whether people are at increased risk of getting cancer might help prevent the disease and improve early detection.

Dr Adam's lab develops models of human cancer in mice to discover the genes that play a role in tumourigenesis and to understand how these genes interact in the development and progression of cancer.

Other research projects by David Adams

Biological Sciences Committee (BSC) Project Grants
Funding period: 01 July 2011 to 31 January 2015

Biological Sciences Committee (BSC) Project Grants
Funding period: 01 September 2012 to 31 August 2016

Senior Cancer Research Fellowship
Funding period: 01 April 2012 to 31 March 2018