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Image of the Day: Sun Burn

By | October 20, 2017

When certain melanocyte stem cells are exposed to UV rays, a molecular cascade can trigger melanoma, scientists find in mice.

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Cancers Relapse by Feeding Off Immune Signals

By | October 16, 2017

In mice, the tumor cells are able to thwart the immune response that would kill them—but immunotherapy prevented the return of melanoma.

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Transgenic Mouse Illuminates Melanoma Metastasis

By | June 28, 2017

Glowing cells mark the routes of tumor spread by way of newly formed lymph vessels. 

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Rare T Cells Fight Cancer

By | May 1, 2017

A new approach to immunotherapy finds that the immune-cell clonotypes that come to the rescue start out at very low frequencies.

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image: Starvation Response Triggers Melanoma Invasion

Starvation Response Triggers Melanoma Invasion

By | April 1, 2017

Through similar mechanisms, amino acid depletion in culture and cytokine activity in the tumor microenvironment prompt cancer cells to metastasize.

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Infographic: Inside Melanoma Invasion

By | April 1, 2017

See what cytokine activity and cellular starvation have to do with cancer metastasis.

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Image of the Day: Manipulative Melanomas

By | March 20, 2017

Early-stage melanoma cells alter proteins in nearby skin cells to create a favorable environment for cancer progression.

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image: “Redhead” Gene Variant Boosts Melanoma Risk

“Redhead” Gene Variant Boosts Melanoma Risk

By | July 12, 2016

People without red hair who possess the variant are also more likely to develop this form of skin cancer, researchers report.

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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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