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Naked Scientists episode

Sun, 6th Nov 2011

NCRI Cancer Conference

NCRI Cancer Conference (c) NCRI

This week Kat Arney joins us live from the National Cancer Research Institute's conference in Liverpool. We find out how mistakes in cell signalling can cause cancers and why DNA repair pathways offer targets to treat tumours.  Also, we explore the latest developments in cancer imaging, including new techniques that allow us to track chemical reactions happening inside the body.  In the news, why you need to remove genes to repair nerves, and how clearing out old cells can prevent diseases of old age!

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 01:21 - The National Cancer Research Institute's Cancer Conference

    Kat Arney offers a roundup of the latest news, and what to expect from the National Cancer Research Institute's annual cancer conference, held this year in Liverpool...

  • 05:10 - Remove Genes to Repair Nerves

    Deletion of two regulatory genes allows damaged neurons to grow back in a sustained way. This could point the way to new drug targets that encourage nerve regrowth and encourage functional recovery...

  • 07:37 - Clearing Old Cells Prevents Old Age Diseases

    Most cell types in our body are being constantly replenished, but we still get old. A sub population of cells are said to undergo senescence – chemical controls kick in and stop them from dividing to produce new cells. When we’re young, these are then cleared out by the immune...

  • 13:46 - Drug Addiction, Polluted Cyclones and Roaring Lions

    This week's NewsFlash explores how smoking could pave the way for cocaine use, how our skin sees sunlight in order to protect us and the secret of being a roaring success...

  • 31:32 - Imaging Cancer

    The science surrounding cancer is multifaceted. It involves clinicians, chemists, geneticists, and even physicists. The essential work of developing new treatments and clinical approaches is backed up by developments in imaging technology that allow us to detect and observe tu...

  • 39:35 - New Targets for Cancer Drugs

    Madhusudan Srinivasan discusses a new target for cancer drugs - blocking the repair of DNA...

  • 51:45 - Should we wear sunglasses?

    The pupil of an eye widens when it looks though dark-tinted glass and due to this the eye gets more sunlight than it does without sunglasses. So why do we wear sunglasses?



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