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Sanford-Burnham researchers identify new target for melanoma treatment

  • Posted: September 17, 2013

Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute announced the discovery that a gene encoding an enzyme, phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 (PDK1), plays an essential role in the development and progression of melanoma. The finding, available in the advanced online publication of Oncogene, offers a new approach to treating this life-threatening disease.

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