A new machine which can help identify the causes of cancer has been installed at the John Van Geest Centre in Clifton, Nottingham.
The machine, the mass spectrometer, which is designed to measure ranges of protein within different cancers, is the first to be installed in the UK. It is hoped that this could aid in understanding what increases the likelihood of cancer.
David Boocock, Senior Research Fellow at the centre, explains how the machine works.
Robert Rees, Director at the centre, explains why this machine is better than past versions, and what this means for the future.
Sue Dewey, head of fundraising, says this puts them at the forefront of cancer research.
“The new machine means we are cutting edge of proteomics. It’s important that centres like this have the latest technology. It’s important, partly because we need to be ahead of the curve, in terms of the work that we’re doing. So it helps us to speed up the research, it also means that we keep the best people because if you’ve got good technology then you keep the good people as well. That goes hand in hand with being in a world-leading cancer research centre.”