The Sci­en­tist Whos En­emy is Can­cer

Dr Li Jing­mei is ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing in iden­ti­fy­ing breast can­cer, and is also on a mis­sion to bridge the gen­er­a­tion, race and tech gaps when it comes to breast can­cer re­search – but she’s go­ing to need your data.

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While most of us get a cur­sory “have a nice day” when we dis­em­bark from our taxis, Dr Li Jing­mei gets a more di­rect propo­si­tion when­ever she heads for the Genome In­sti­tute of Sin­ga­pore at Biopo­lis, where she is a se­nior re­search sci­en­tist. Grab driv­ers in­vari­ably ask her: “So… have you cured can­cer yet?” She could cheek­ily an­swer: “Well, how much time have you got?” But in­stead, the sci­en­tist sees it as an op­por­tu­nity to share the strides she’s made and look­ing to make in her field. “It’s a mov­ing tar­get,” she says, and shares her con­vic­tion that preven­tion is as im­por­tant as treat­ment, and life­style choices play a big part. “Hope­fully, by the time I alight, I’ll have man­aged to in­spire a fel­low hu­man be­ing to live healthy and live well.”

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