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Genetic Study Reveals 'Critical' Gene in Melanoma Development

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A family that has 14 members affected by an aggressive form of malignant melanoma has helped researchers discover a new mutation that is common in melanoma tumors and could lead to new, targeted treatments for that type of cancer. Although researchers initially identified the mutation in the family members, they subsequently found two more mutations affecting the same gene in unrelated people with malignant melanoma.

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