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Instructor, Department of Systems Biology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Age: 38

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Illuminating a Cancer’s Origins

By | February 1, 2016

Researchers have developed a technique to visualize the origin of melanoma in zebrafish, throwing light on a genetic switch for cancer.

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Antioxidants May Aid Cancer

By | October 16, 2015

Mice given a dietary supplement had faster-progressing melanoma, a study shows.

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Antioxidants Facilitate Melanoma Metastasis

By | October 7, 2015

Two compounds boost the ability of melanoma cells to invade other tissues in mice, providing additional evidence that antioxidants can be beneficial to malignant cells as well as healthy ones.

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Viral Immunotherapy for Melanoma

By | May 28, 2015

Phase 3 data from a clinical trial show a positive response to a melanoma treatment based on a modified herpesvirus.

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T-cell receptor repertoires could help researchers determine whether a certain treatment will work for a given cancer patient. 

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Personalized Cancer Vaccines

By | April 2, 2015

A dendritic cell vaccine targeting melanoma patients’ tumor-specific mutations can activate a broad range of cancer-fighting T cells. 

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The Dark Side of Melanin

By | February 19, 2015

Researchers uncover a previously unknown way UV light can act on melanin, spurring cancer-causing mutations hours after sun exposure.

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Odor-like Biomarkers for Skin Cancer

By | June 17, 2013

Researchers identify a unique chemical signature associated with human melanoma cells that could lead to new ways to screen for the disease.  

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Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer

By | January 24, 2013

The majority of human melanomas contain mutations in a gene promoter, suggesting mutations in regulatory regions may spur some cancers.

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