Medical research

Turning brain cells into skin cells

A new study published in Nature Communications reveals that it is possible to repurpose the function of different mature cells across the body—and harvest new tissue and organs from these cells.

Oncology & Cancer

Expression of specific gene differentiates moles from melanoma

Most melanomas are driven by mutations that spur out-of-control cell replication, while nevi (moles composed of non-cancerous cells at the skin surface) harboring the same mutations do not grow wildly. However, changes in ...

Medical research

Eye melanoma, media hype, and genomic medicine

Melanoma of the eye presents a case study in the value of diagnosing by phenotype (symptoms and physical presentation) versus assessing risk genotype – a discussion that may impact ongoing efforts to sequence gazillions ...

Health

Malpractice concerns affect derm-path interpretive behavior

(HealthDay)—Many dermatopathologists believe that malpractice concerns may lead to additional testing in their evaluation of cutaneous melanocytic lesions, according to research published in the February issue of the Journal ...

Medical research

Sunlight continues to damage skin in the dark

Much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation (UV) does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure, a team of Yale-led researchers concluded in a study that was published online Feb. 19 by the journal Science.

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Melanocyte

Melanocytes i/mɛˈlænɵsaɪt/ are melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer (the stratum basale) of the skin's epidermis, the middle layer of the eye (the uvea), the inner ear, meninges, bones, and heart. Melanin is a pigment that is responsible primarily for the color of skin.

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