We might be at home but science goes on

As COVID-19 spread around the world, continents and countries shut down all but essential activity in quick succession. Research and science have been no exception and institutions have closed. Not being able to go into the labs means that experiments have to be stopped and samples frozen until we can resume lab work. Nevertheless our […]

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

On the first of May Mutographs celebrated its third anniversary. The occasion has traditionally been marked by teams getting together for lunch or dinner and a few drinks. This time it was a different celebration, all the teams got together online and everyone provided their own drinks. The European teams had beer and wine while […]

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From the Summit: what is the future vision of Patient Involvement?

The CRUK Grand Challenge Project had a summit in Windsor in February 2020. Alongside the science a strong emphasis was devoted to considerations around communication with and involvement of patients to bring research and clinic closer together. The CRUK Grand Challenge Project Summit’s three-day programme was packed with the scientific advances all the participating groups […]

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Cancer in Czechia

Cancer in the Czech Republic: From the Velvet revolution to the genomics revolution

  In May 2019, patient advocates Mimi McCord and Maggie Blanks travelled to the Czech Republic as part of the Cancer Research UK Mutographs of Cancer Grand Challenge project. They were accompanied by the project’s public engagement and patient and public involvement coordinator, Louise Walker, along with Ghislaine Scelo and Behnoush Abedi-Ardekani from IARC and […]

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“If you know, there is a Nobel prize for you!” – Searching for the causes of cancer in the Czech Republic

In May 2019, patient advocates Mimi McCord and Maggie Blanks travelled to Czech Republic to meet some of the researchers working on the Cancer Research UK Mutographs of Cancer Grand Challenge project and find out more about the experiences of cancer patients in the country. https://www.mutographs.org/ They were accompanied by the project’s public engagement and […]

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What we learned in Lyon

In July 2019, the Mutographs team held a conference in Lyon, France that brought together our collaborators from across the world. Here, the patient advocates for the Mutographs project, Maggie and Mimi, share their thoughts and things they learned on the conference. There had been a heatwave in Lyon the week before we were due […]

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Building a ‘criminal database’ of environmental cancer causes

Jill Kucab from King’s College London explains how the Mutographs team are building a ‘criminal database’ of suspects that might be causing cancer. Clues in our DNA Sometimes people develop cancer and we have a pretty good idea what has caused it. For example, too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, and lung […]

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Liver cancer in Southeast Asia and beyond

Rose Li, a physician scientist at the University of California, San Francisco, explains how her work on the Mutographs project is helping to understand the causes of liver cancer, a condition that affects a large number of people in China and Southeast Asia.  My father was born in a poor rice paddy village in Southern […]

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The curious case of oesophageal cancer

Cases of oesophageal cancer have an unusual pattern across the world. Some very specific regions can have a large numbers of cases but neighbouring regions have very few people affected. Here, Dariush Nesheli from IARC explains how researchers are working to uncover the reasons why this happens. Mutational signatures can be thought of as signs […]

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The life of a Mutographs scientist

My name is Sarah, and I am a scientist in Mike Stratton’s group working on the Mutographs project. I have been working on this project for just over a year now, and as you will have read in the previous blog post, it has been a very busy year! I work mainly on work area […]

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