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The latest news in cancer research, health and policy by Cancer Research UK.

We cover developments in cancer treatments, research into cancer risk and diagnosis as well as the latest cancer science stories. You'll also find analysis and comment on health and cancer policy. 

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Gene editing uncovers potential drug targets for aggressive brain tumours

Potential new drug targets for an aggressive type of brain tumour have been uncovered in the lab, thanks to a ‘reverse engineering’ approach using DNA editing.

Scientists use DNA-editing tool CRISPR to catalogue cancer’s weaknesses

UK scientists are putting together a list of the most promising potential cancer drug targets in one of the largest lab studies of its kind.

Why do certain faulty genes only cause cancer in some parts of the body?

Our international team of scientists are tackling a fundamental question about how cancer develops: why do some gene faults only cause cancer in certain organs?

The immune system preys on growing lung cancers, forcing them to evolve to survive

Scientists are taking a leaf out of Darwin's evolutionary handbook to understand how lung cancer evolves.

Rewriting the breast cancer rulebook 

Our scientists are rewriting the breast cancer rulebook. By looking at faults in tumour DNA, they've found that breast cancer is not 1 but 10 different diseases each with...

Downloading the genetic rules of cancer 

Scientists are working to document all the faults in the DNA of cancer cells to help them understand how cancer works.

Meet the scientists taking on 3 of the biggest challenges in cancer research

Three new teams funded through our Grand Challenge are about to embark on research projects focusing on the microbiome, faulty genes and chronic inflammation.

Science Snaps: digging for clues on how bowel cancer starts

We find out how stem cells could provide clues to how bowel cancer develops.

Science Surgery: ‘How quickly do tumours develop?’

The time it takes for cancer to develop will vary from tumour to tumour. But, on the whole, it’s slower than you might expect, as this science surgery post explains.

Science surgery: “What’s the difference between the words genome, gene and chromosome?”

A genome, a gene and a chromosome are all structures of DNA. The difference between them is the amount of DNA they contain.

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