Best Long Reads Of The Week - 1 December

1 | Our colleagues at US Esquire have the remarkable story of Stephanie Lee, the test case patient in a pioneering new way of treating cancer that might change the way the disease is tackled for ever, by Ton Junod and Mark Warren.

2 | You've heard the term 'Bitcoin', but what exactly does it mean? Here writing in the Guardian, Alex Hern provides a useful history of the online currency and suggest what it might mean for the future.

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3 | Jody Rosen naunced profile of Taylor Swift in the New York Times Magazine argues that it's the country and western star – not Rihanna, Gaga or Katy Perry – who should be considered the world's preeminent pop star. We're convinced.