Genomic 'dark matter' yields major melanoma discovery
Researchers recently revealed two new mutations that occur in more than 70 percent of melanomas. The finding, published online in Science Express, represents the most common mutations identified in melanoma to date, and may point to an essential biological mechanism that allows cancer cells to divide indefinitely. Beyond what this discovery reveals about the biology of this deadly disease, these mutations may prove equally significant because of where they were found.
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