Two male swordtail fish hybrids with varying degrees of melanoma, squaring off. (Credit: Daniel Powell.)

Biologists Gain Genetic Insight Into Cancer by Identifying Genes That Cause Melanoma in Swordtail Fish Hybrids

May 14, 2020
“Though these sorts of interactions have long been theorized, this study represents only the second known case in vertebrates where the underlying genes have been clearly identified. Interestingly, both the genes we identify have known cancer roles in mammals.”
Dr. Daniel Powell, Stanford postdoctoral fellow and 2019 Texas A&M biology Ph.D. graduate