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Melanoma study to aid targeted treatment

MELANOMA experts are predicting better tests will be available within five years to help pinpoint which treatments will prove most effective for each patient, after the NSW government today announced it will contribute the final $500,000 needed to get a $5.5 million genetic study off the ground.

The two-year project, co-ordinated by the Melanoma Institute Australia, will use samples from the world’s largest melanoma tumour bank to identify and catalogue what genetic mutations are present in 500 melanoma samples accumulated over the past 20 years.