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Nature Genetics 40, 817 - 818 (2008)

Shedding light on skin cancer

Paul D P Pharoah1

  1. Paul D. P. Pharoah is at the Strangeways Research Laboratories, Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambs CB1 8RN, UK.

Pigmentation traits are known risk factors for skin cancer. Now, three new studies provide insights into the genetic factors underlying these effects, and the results reveal a surprisingly complex picture of the relationship between pigmentation traits and disease risk.