Members of the HK2 Relay for Life team from Peterhead recently visited Cancer Research UK”s Edinburgh research Centre.
The trip was organised and arranged by Fiona Harvey, Cancer Research area volunteer manager in Buchan, who accompanied the eight team members on their journey.
The group arrived in Edinburgh and were met by Rebecca Scott, before being shown a video and given lots of information from research scientist Juan Carlos Acosta, on the work the centre is doing with the funds raised from all walks of life on their behalf.
Their achievements are making huge steps forward to further the fight to save lives from cancer. The new gene which isolates the growth and expansion of the bad cancer cells, called P53, can now be isolated and made dormant to prevent further growth.
The group was given a taste test experiment on how the tongue receptors are different in everyone, thereby determining what we can and cannot isolate on the tongue, in each individual.
They then had a lab tour,courtesy of Priya Hari, and were shown everything connected with Cellular Senescence and Tumour Suppression Group.
“The excitement and enthusiasm was shining from this young lady’s face, and she delighted us with all the intricacies of this P53 discovery,” said team member Carol Meres.
Finally the group had a deedback and discussion session to make sure everyone had understood and seen everything.
The tour ended at 4pm and the group headed back to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station to catch the train home,.
Carol added: “It was a whistle-stop day but so informative, and it was a pleasure to meet such lovely and dedicated staff and scientist, who are doing all they can to keep the fight going for Cancer Research UK, who helped us to renew our efforts to continue raising funds for this very worthwhile cause.”