Genetic mutations could trigger melanoma8th 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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Title: Genetic mutations could trigger melanoma
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 10918
Date Added: 8th Apr 2009