Roger Phillips, is a Professor of Cancer Pharmacology and his research focuses on the preclinical and early clinical evaluation of novel anti-cancer drugs with a specific interest in the tumour microenvironment as a target for drug development. Here he comments on the research by Dr Danino, which was presented at the 2015 Ted (Technoloy, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver, where the programming of bacteria to spot tumours in the liver could effectively lead to early detection.
Dr Dawn Leeming has a wide range of research interests in the areas of health and well-being. In particular her research has focussed on women’s experiences of breastfeeding and the social construction of these. Here she comments on why we need to be cautious about the recent study which suggests being breastfed longer may lead to higher IQ scores and enhanced income in adulthood.