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Scientists Double Understanding of Genetic Risk of Melanoma

University of Leeds

global collaboration of scientists has more than doubled the known number of regions on the human genome that influence the risk of developing melanoma.

The research, involving the University, QIMR Berghofer in Australia, and the National Cancer Institute in the US, has been published today in the journal Nature Genetics.

Melanoma is a sometimes-deadly skin cancer, with an estimated 350,000 cases worldwide in 2015, resulting in nearly 60,000 deaths.

The joint study leader and QIMR Berghofer statistical geneticist, Associate Professor Matthew Law, said the researchers identified 33 new regions of the genome and confirmed ...