What your money can do at the BCI

£5

„could buy a DNA sequencing test so a scientist can find out whether a tumour sample has a known gene mutation. 

£20

„could purchase 100 surgical blades for a cancer specialist to remove tumour samples that can be frozen for future studies.

£50

„could pay for a research nurse to attend a course on how to communicate with patients and their relatives about our cancer research

£75  

„could buy around 200 sterile dishes with a coating that allows cells to grow in them, helping researchers understand the movement between cells to design better treatments for cancer.

£100

„could buy a pharmacological inhibitor, allowing scientists to study the roles of certain proteins and what happens when we block them in cancer.  

£200

„could buy an antibody used to test for the presence or absence of a specific protein in a sample, telling us more about how the cancer is behaving. 

£300

„will provide 3 months’ support for a human tissue bank cryogenic storage facility – tanks of liquid nitrogen where researchers can catalogue and keep the samples they need for research.

£500

„could buy a mini centrifuge, a piece of equipment that is used to spin samples at high speeds to separate out different components like cells or DNA. 

£750  

„could buy about 2000 histology cassettes, which are small plastic cases used for processing tissue biopsies taken from patients. The samples can then be further analysed and imaged under a microscope for diagnostic purposes or research.

£1000

„could pay for sequencing the entire genome of a cancer cell to understand the make-up of a cancer cell and how to kill it completely.

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