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Nazneen Rahman: In tune with genetics

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 18 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4732
Duncan Smith


Nazneen Rahman is professor of human genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research in London and head of the Cancer Genetics Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Her research has harnessed her scientific knowledge to identify and make clinical use of human disease genes. A recognised expert in cancer predisposition genes, she has discovered many such genes during her career, particularly in breast, ovarian, and childhood cancers. She qualified in medicine at Oxford and earned her PhD in molecular genetics. Rahman also writes and sings songs, having released two jazz influenced albums. Science and music, she says, are like “swimming in infinity pools of possibility, but within …

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