Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Professor Alan Ashworth
He was a key part of the team that in 1995 discovered the gene BRCA2, which is linked to an increased risk of some types of cancer, a discovery that is now helping to identify women at high risk of the disease.
Ten years later, Ashworth identified a way to exploit genetic weaknesses in cancer cells including mutated BRCA 1 or BRCA2, leading to a new approach to cancer treatment.
Footage kindly supplied by the BBC