All sporadic cancer is caused by acquired somatic mutations (mutations that take place within cells of the body that are not passed down/inherited). Mutations often occur by incorrect repair of DNA damage by impaired DNA pathways such as the nucleotide excision repair (NER) pathway and the DNA mismatch repair (MMR) pathway.
If you’re currently looking for a PhD project or if you’re in your first year, I hope this blog can give you some guidance and useful advice on what to expect during your journey as a PhD student.
Lauren Cutmore, Bart’s Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London
How do you think science is portrayed in the media?
Do you think it’s important to communicate your research with the general public? These were both questions that were posed at the Stand Up for Science workshop in Manchester on Friday 13 April.
By Lisa Stinson, University of Western Australia
They say that when you give someone advice, you’re really talking to your past self. As I’m nearing the end of my PhD journey, I find that I’m a completely different person to the girl who signed on for what she thought would be a breezy three years of research.