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Genetic Instability and Cancer Suppression

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We are delighted to host Professor Ashok Venkitaraman, the Director of the MRC Cancer Unit, for our latest SciSoc talk.

Professor Venkitaraman’s research focuses on the cellular mechanisms that prevent changes in the sequence of DNA . These changes, known as mutations, are required for cancer. In October, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded for classical descriptions of how the integrity of individual DNA nucleotides is preserved. Professor Venkitaraman’s work follows a similar theme. He has played a vital role in elucidating how the integrity of whole chromosomes is maintained. These mechanisms are commonly dysregulated, leading to genomic changes that drive cancer’s formation and progression. His exciting interdisciplinary work continues to shed light on the molecular processes that drive the formation and progression of cancer, inspiring novel therapeutic approaches.

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