A Most cancers Revolution: What the consultants consider the brand new Science Museum exhibition – Most cancers Analysis UK

A sculpture of a tumour made as part of the Science Museum exhibition

Have you ever ever questioned if crops may get most cancers? And even dinosaurs?

What about how we handled cancers manner again once we didn’t have entry to fashionable medication? Or what the subsequent steps are in bringing us one step nearer to a world free from most cancers?

All these questions, and lots of extra, are answered in Most cancers Revolution: Science, innovation and hope, a brand new exhibition on the Science Museum in London for which we had been an professional companion.

From interactive parts that make it easier to spot widespread myths about most cancers, to an enormous 3D recreation of a tumour and its surrounding setting, to non-public tales shared by individuals with most cancers and their households, the exhibition supplies an in depth take a look at each side of most cancers, from the earliest circumstances recognized to man to the way forward for therapy.

To listen to from the consultants, we spoke to Vivian Li, group chief of the stem cell and most cancers biology lab on the Francis Crick Institute, and Rupal Mistry, Analysis Info Supervisor right here at Most cancers Analysis UK, about their ideas on the exhibition.

A section of the exhibition

The opening part of the exhibition, that includes the tales of individuals with most cancers and their households

What do you consider the exhibition?

Vivian: “I believe the exhibition is implausible. It’s very properly organised and structured to speak high-level, state-of-the-art science to most people.”

Rupal: “The exhibition is a superb alternative to share with the general public, in a very artistic manner, how a lot progress has been made in most cancers.

“For individuals from all walks of life, it actually explains the science in a easy however participating manner, so that they perceive why it’s necessary that we proceed analysis.”

Dr Vivian Li, group leader of the stem cell and cancer biology lab at the Francis Crick Institute.

Dr Vivian Li, group chief of the stem cell and most cancers biology lab on the Francis Crick Institute.

What do you suppose is the worth of sharing and displaying analysis in an exhibition like this?

Vivian: “Any such most cancers exhibition is a superb thought. Most cancers shouldn’t be a taboo anymore in fashionable days, so it’s essential for us as most cancers analysis scientists to have interaction with the general public and to share what our analysis is about.

“I believe it will increase the general public consciousness of most cancers actually, and it’s enjoyable to see what’s behind the scenes in a laboratory as properly.”

Rupal: “Displaying analysis like that is actually highly effective. It’s an effective way of participating the entire senses, from visuals to issues you may maintain and contact, to essentially become familiar with most cancers.

“Individuals study in all kinds of various methods, and an exhibition like this engages with all sorts of individuals, nonetheless they study, in a quite simple manner.”

Rupal Mistry, Research Information Manager at Cancer Research UK.

Rupal Mistry, Analysis Info Supervisor at Most cancers Analysis UK.

What’s your favorite a part of the exhibition?

Rupal: “I’d say my favorite part of the exhibition is the half on early detection of most cancers.

“Most cancers Analysis UK-funded scientists have developed some actually revolutionary methods to detect most cancers earlier, from blood exams to superior imaging strategies and even a sponge on a string.

“This part actually highlights how artistic our scientists have been, and the ‘out of the field’ concepts they’re developing with as a way to deal with most cancers from all angles.”

Silent Stories, a series of glass sculptures by artist Katherine Dowson

Silent Tales, a collection of glass sculptures by artist Katherine Dowson solid from the moulds of masks made for individuals receiving radiotherapy for head and neck most cancers in 2010. The piece is accompanied by a soundscape of the voices of these individuals.

Do you suppose having exhibitions like this helps younger individuals to take an curiosity in most cancers analysis and in science?

Vivian: “Completely. The exhibition is open to all ages, from the very younger to the aged. Many school-age youngsters will come right here, I’ll deliver my youngsters right here for positive!

“I believe it’s necessary for them to see what precisely most cancers analysis is, hear the tales of most cancers sufferers, and see the tools and expertise utilized in most cancers analysis. I believe it might probably encourage them to pursue science sooner or later as properly.”

Rupal: “That is all necessary info to share and use to coach the subsequent era. By participating in an exhibition like this they can actually see the worth of what researchers are doing, and possibly even encourage them to one thing like this sooner or later.”


Most cancers Revolution: Science, innovation and hope is open on the Science Museum in London till January 2023.

You’ll be able to e book free tickets to the exhibition, or uncover different Most cancers Revolution occasions on the museum right here

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