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Opinion Article

Molecular Diagnostics in Melanocytic Tumors: The Pathologists Perspective

Gerardo Ferrara1* and Giuseppina Improta2

1Department of Oncology, Anatomic Pathology Unit, Geatano Rummo General Hospital, Benevento, Italy

2Laboratory of Clinical Research and Advanced Diagnostics, IRCCS-CROB Centro di Riferimento Oncologico della Basilicata, Rionero in Vulture, Italy

*Corresponding Author:
Gerardo Ferrara
Department of Oncology
Anatomic Pathology Unit
Geatano Rummo General Hospital
Benevento, Italy
Tel: 39082457315
E-mail: [email protected]

Received: January 27, 2016; Accepted: January 29, 2016; Published: February 01, 2016

Citation: Ferrara G, Improta G (2016) Molecular Diagnostics in Melanocytic Tumors: The Pathologist’s Perspective. Adv Mol Diag 1:102.

Copyright: © 2016 Ferrara G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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