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Cancer learns to resist treatment, UC Merced team finds. It's not all bad news

April 13, 2018

A UC Merced professor and his team have discovered that cancers like melanoma adapt to treatment, making them even harder to fight. But, he says, there is hope.

Professor Fabian Filipp's research was published last week in in BMC Systems Biology, a peer-reviewed journal. Later this month, Filipp said, it will appear in "Scientific American," the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S. and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media, according to the magazine.

The research compared genetic and metabolic pathways in melanomas, a form of skin cancer, that respond well to treatment and those who are resistant, according to Filipp. Though not the most common form of skin cancer, it is considered the most aggressive, according to researchers. If not caught and treated early, melanoma is among the deadliest.

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