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Queensland researchers have set out to determine what role genes play in skin cancer as part of the world's largest study into the disease.
Scientists plan to collect DNA samples from 20,000 adults to work out which genes might be contributing to or helping ward off a disease that forces 400,000 Australians to seek treatment each year.
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They are seeking recruits from every Australian state and territory, including people who have had skin cancer, have never had it, and with a range of skin types.
Saliva samples will be used to build up a genetic data base, adding to profiles from 18,000 Queenslanders who took part in the original round of the study a decade ago.
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Professor David Whiteman from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute says a large pool of people is needed to find the important genes.
'You don't have to have had skin cancer to sign up. It's just as important for people with no history of skin cancer to join this study so we can find the protective genes that reduce the risk of these cancers,'...
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