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Dr Elizabeth Murchison

Dr Elizabeth Murchison

What Happens When a Cancer Survives its Host?
Dr Elizabeth Murchison is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Dr Murchison was awarded a Fellowship to undertake research on understanding the origins and development of transmissible cancers. Looking at these cancers provided Dr Murchison with unique insights into what happens when a cancer can survive beyond its host. In evolutionary terms this affords Dr Murchison a fascinating glimpse of the risk factors for the potential outbreak of similar diseases in other species, including humans. It is possible that transmissible cancers of this kind have had significant impact in past evolutionary events, perhaps even wiping out whole species. Dr Murchison says, "this award is very important as it allows women to get around obstacles and remain in the scientific field."

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