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According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a medicine in development targets late-stage metastatic melanoma. The medicine contains a gene encoding antigen that may be able to alert the immune system when there is a foreign tissue present. This would in turn induce a powerful immune response.

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