‘Mini liver tumours’ created in a dish for the first time

16 Nov 2017

Scientists have created mini biological models of human primary liver cancers, known as organoids, in the lab for the first time. In a paper published in Nature Medicine, the tiny laboratory models of tumours were used to identify a new drug that could potentially treat certain types of liver cancer.

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Scientists reveal the beautiful simplicity underlying branching patterns in tissue

21 Sep 2017

In the centenary year of the publication of a seminal treatise on the physical and mathematical principles underpinning nature – On Growth and Form by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson – a Cambridge physicist has led a study describing an elegantly simple solution to a puzzle that has taxed biologists for centuries: how complex branching patterns of tissues arise. 

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A counterintuitive approach to fighting cancer

09 Nov 2016

When you’re under attack, you fight back. You gather your troops and attack the invading enemy, hoping to wound and defeat them, while supporting and treating your own injured soldiers. It’s common sense.

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The 2016 Heineken Prize for Medicine

Prof. Steve Jackson of the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, has won the 2016 Dr A. H. Heineken Prize for Medicine, for "his fundamental research into DNA repair in human cells and for the successful application of knowledge of that process in the development of new cancer drugs".

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