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Latest news, press releases and blog posts from Cancer Research UK.

Stem Cells

Unlocking new insight into brain tumours using neuroscience

From targeting cancer stem cells to reawakening sleeping cells, research is finding the answers to how brain tumours develop.

Alcohol and cancer: This is how booze damages DNA inside cells

The damage caused to specialised stem cells' DNA could help explain why drinking increases the risk of cancer.

Zika virus shrinks brain tumours in lab tests

The Zika virus can target and kill a particular type of brain tumour cell in the lab.

Gene editing stem cells with CRISPR could help understand brain tumours

For the first time, scientists have used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to tweak the DNA of specialised brain stem cells, which could help us understand certain brain...

Science Snaps: understanding where breast cancer stems from

Scientists from the UK and Sweden have discovered important cells that breast cancer can stem from in mice.

How a little known organ could protect people who’ve had stem cell transplants

Our Stand Up To Cancer-funded researchers in Birmingham are turning their immune cell knowledge into ways to tackle infection after treatment.

Drug that targets stem cells could help treat leukaemia

A new drug that can kill specialised stem cells could lead to a new treatment for a type of leukaemia.

Why cancer is (still) more than just ‘bad luck’

New research has uncovered a possible explanation for why some cancers are more common than others, we explore the details.

Making a special case – how to boost brain tumour research

Brain tumours are one of the biggest challenges in cancer research, but we have a plan to tackle them.

Eye gene acts as ‘partner in crime’ in leukaemia mystery case

Emma Williams, a PhD student in Dr Tim Somervailles’s lab at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, writes about the team’s latest discovery.

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