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Gene responsible for most malignant melanomas is discovered

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7351.1412/a (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1412
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    Scientists working on the cancer genome project announced this week that they have made an “unexpectedly early” discovery of the mutant gene responsible for 70% of all malignant melanomas. The project, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, is based at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire.

    The researchers predict that the finding, which occurs in the early stages of a project involving 50 million experiments, will mean that the “vast majority” of the genes involved in the most common cancers will be identified …

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