BRAF: From Gene to Cancer Therapy
In this activity you get the chance to take on the role of genome researchers. Like the scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, you will lead the journey from cancer gene discovery to drug development.
You will interpret real cancer DNA datasets. DNA has been isolated from both tumour and healthy tissue from melanoma patients and sequenced on next generation DNA sequencing machines. By exploring the data you will uncover the significance of the BRAF mutation in malignant melanoma. You will then compare your findings to those of other cancer researchers using the online database COSMIC.
There is also the opportunity for you to discuss with others, the significance of this mutation and its implications in the treatment of metastatic melanoma.
All cancers are genetic diseases, resulting from changes in the DNA sequence of our genome. These changes, or mutations, in the DNA sequence can alter the function of important genes, causing cells to start growing out of control. This eventually leads to the formation of a tumour. The BRAF gene is mutated in many human cancers. Research suggests that around 5,000 people die every year from different cancers with BRAF mutations.
Age: 16 years + (AS and A2 level)
This page was last updated on 2015-01-14
How helpful was this page?👎 👍 Send
What's the main reason for your rating?Send
Which of these best describes your occupation?Send
how old are students / how old are you?Send
What is the first part of your school's postcode?Send
How has the site influenced you (or others)?Send
Thankyou, we value your feedback!
If you have any other comments or suggestions, please let us know at email@example.com
Can you spare 5-8 minutes to tell us what you think of this website? Open survey