Eggcellent news for women?

“Women’s bodies are born with a fixed number of eggs”. So goes the accepted theory, which is understood to be one of the main causes for the limited lifespan of female fertility. However, research in its early stages has just emerged that may challenge this idea. Evelyn Telfer, a professor of reproductive biology at the […]

My Cancer, My DNA: can genomics change the way we treat cancer?

What can your DNA tell you about your risk of developing cancer? What could it reveal about the best way to treat cancers? Could we be entering a future where cancer treatment is based your unique genetic makeup, and that of your cancer? Meet the people trying to answer these questions, and pose your own, at Eighty […]

Colour and cancer; Scorpions and surgery

Is it possible to light up a cancer cell in the brain? Could scorpion venom be the answer? Dr Jim Olson, Paediatric Haematology Oncology Specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a member of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, is developing a radical new technique in the field of fluorescent […]

Packed Lunch: Cell Communications

Through his study of pancreatic cancer, Chris Tape has discovered ‘reciprocal cell communication’ between mutations in cancer cells and healthy cells. Learning more about how cells communicate is important for thinking about future approaches to treatment, for pancreatic cancer and beyond. Come and hear more about Chris’s findings.

Why haven’t we cured cancer?

Cancer has been a monumental target for medical research – in the West it’s a leading cause of death, and is highly feared. But this reputation isn’t necessarily earned. A large number of patients arrive in clinic with the secret apprehension that it could be the ‘big C’ despite the fact heart disease is the […]

News round-up: Space-Age China, In-Utero Surgery, Signing Physics, Sexist Science & H5N1 Published

Chinese astronauts reach orbiting space lab Image: Xinhua/Wang Yongzhuo via Xinhuanet China’s Shenzhou 9 rocket – which last week became the first Chinese mission to carry a female astronaut – has successfully docked with the orbiting Tiangong-1 station 340 km (210 miles) above the Earth. The arrival of the three crewmembers marks the first time […]