Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Locating new leads in skin cancer genetics

Nature: Scientists at the University of Otago and the University of Auckland have discovered new genes that may play a role in how a specific type of melanoma develops, bringing them a step closer in understanding the complexities of skin cancer. The researchers identified over one thousand 'candidate cancer genes' in mice and, amongst their findings, revealed 46 genes which they say could potentially help predict patients' individual survival chances for the cancer. They conclude that their findings "provide a rich new resource of candidate genes for melanoma progression and drug targeting".