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Mel Greaves Science Writer of the Year 2013

Power of Words by Antonio Litterio, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

The ICR’s annual Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize – named in honour of the ICR Professor of Cell Biology and popular science author Professor Mel Greaves – aims to encourage imaginative writing about science that is engaging and understandable not only for fellow scientists but also for the wider public. For the 2013 prize, we asked our researchers to come up with punchy and provocative opinion pieces or blogs about areas of science related to cancer.

From the dozens of entries it was a tough job to pick out of a shortlist of just five of the best pieces, but all this week we will be bringing you those top five stories, counting down to the overall winner on Friday.

Honourable mentions and runners-up

Of Ducks and Tumours

Daniel Nava Rodrigues looks at the importance of pathology in cancer research and therapy.

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#CancerResearch: why aren’t we trending?

Dr Farah Rehman calls on fellow clinicians to challenge the glossy magazines presenting incorrect information about cancer.

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Intermittent drug strategies: the new era of cancer treatment

Dr Rosalie Fisher explains the smart targeted treatment regimens which are trying to outfox cancer cells' ability to evolve resistance to drugs.

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Unravelling the complexity of cancer

When will we find a cure for cancer? It's complicated, says Elizabeth Coker.

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Blog: Collaboration and communication at the heart of future cancer research

The NCRI Cancer Conference is the UK's largest meeting of cancer researchers and doctors. The ICR was there and reported on major findings from the conference and cutting-edge science from ICR researchers.

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Overall winner

Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster, male), by Max Westby / Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Could a fly save your life?

Dr Mariam Orme celebrates the humble fruit fly, a laboratory workhorse.



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