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‘Liquid biopsy’ blood test spots new breast cancer subtype

2 September 2016 | By Niamh Louise Marriott, Digital Content Producer

The blood test detects mutations to a gene called oestrogen receptor 1, or ESR1, which indicate that receptors for the female hormone oestrogen in the cancer cells, which are usually driven by the hormone, have evolved to stay permanently switched on without it – meaning hormonal treatments that block oestrogen…


canSAR: a portal to Big Data for drug discovery

9 February 2016 | By Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani and Elizabeth Coker, The Institute of Cancer Research, London

Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani and Elizabeth Coker discuss canSAR: the first public domain example of Big Data for drug discovery...