Scientists at Newcastle University are leading a £4m research programme aimed at saving children's lives by beating brain tumours.
New screening techniques will identify genetic and biochemical features of aggressive brain tumours in youngsters.
By matching their laboratory findings to the progress of children with these tumours in the clinic, they hope to find out how such characteristics affect the way the tumours grow.
Newcastle is one of three UK centres that make up the INSTINCT network, created to further the understanding and treatment of aggressive childhood brain tumours.
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