A Day in the Life: Bioinformatician – collaboration, cancer and all life on Earth

Understanding the nature of life on Earth has been revolutionised by DNA sequencing. In the past we could only observe what was happening, now we can read (and alter) the blueprints of life to understand health and disease at the most intimate level. Yet none of this would be possible without the unsung work of bioinformaticians

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Chernobyl: chasing a ‘catching’ cancer

Sanger researcher Alex Cagan travelled to Chernobyl’s nuclear exclusion zone for samples of cancer. But he isn’t investigating the effects of the reactor disaster; his quarry has a more ancient source: the immortal cells of an 8,000 year-old animal that are still being passed from dog to dog

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