Popular Science: A bridge linking us to the outer world

Scientists are known to be hard working professionals, but if we ask a lawyer or a teacher what we do exactly, most likely they will not be able to answer. The presence of scientific news is frequent in our daily lives, and still we live in a time whenRead More

Understanding familial melanoma

  This is a brief video summarising my PhD project (ESR01) at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK.  It involves the sequencing and analysis of familial melanoma patients from across the world. To learn more, please read my blog post on the topic linked here. – Aravind Sankar (ESR01),Read More

Are my genes contributors to melanoma?

  Looking to learn more about genes as contributors to cancer development? This is a short clip about melanoma genetics and the PhD project I have been working on for the past 3 years as part of the MelGen European training network! I aim to understand how the riskRead More

Liquid biopsy for the assessment of metastatic melanoma

Liquid biopsy employs the analyses of circulating cell-free DNA (ctDNA). ctDNA can be found in the plasma, and it provides a non-invasive approach in the assessment of metastatic melanoma. Moreover, it allows for real-time monitoring of progression or response to therapies. ctDNA is a promising predictive biomarker, that hasRead More

Vitamin D and melanoma

By Sathya Muralidhar, University of Leeds Is vitamin D- the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, linked to melanoma? My research shows that vitamin D and its ‘partner’- Vitamin D Receptor (VDR for short) are both involved in melanoma growth and response of the immune system. Using genomic data (DNA-level information) from melanomaRead More

Understanding Health Through Your Genome

Genetics and Your Genome Genetics, the scientific study of DNA has revealed important insights about processes in the human body, how it becomes susceptible to diseases as well as how it responds to medications when suffering from a disease. To recall, genes which are the basic physical and functionalRead More

Can people of dark skin colour get melanoma?

“Can people of dark skin colour get melanoma?’’ More than often this question reflects inherent disbelief and skepticism since people of dark skin colour do report much less incidence of melanomas, for example melanomas only account for 1-8% skin malignancies in people of black complexion whereas for Asian IndiansRead More

GenoMEL meeting 2018 in Essen

Essen, one of the biggest city in the Ruhrgebiet, was the protagonist of the annual GenoMEL meeting this year. The Ruhrgebiet is an urban region in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that is formed of more than 50 cities and over 5 million people. The University Hospital of Essen has becomeRead More

MELGEN – A Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network

In our last post, we would like to acknowledge the reason for the existence of our fellowship and hence remind our readers of some of Marie Curie’s contribution in the hope to find inspiration for science. Marie Curie embodies the paradigm of what can be achieved when there’s genuineRead More