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Genetic mutations could trigger melanoma

8th April 2009

Researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) have said that mutant genes could be the cause of melanoma.

In previous research, the team found the mutated BRAF gene in 70% of melanoma patients. The new study, funded by Cancer Research UK, discovered that this mutation caused "a cascade of genetic changes" which triggered the melanoma. Professor Richard Marais from the ICR said: "Understanding this process will help us develop more effective treatments for the disease."

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