By Turna Ray

A study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine provides promising early results that a melanoma drug being developed by Roche and Plexxikon may be efficacious in patients carrying certain BRAF mutations.

However, according to the researchers, the study also suggests the need for more investigation to characterize the genetic complexities underlying patients' resistance to the investigational treatment and to determine whether the drug improves overall survival.

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