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Date:10/13/2008

tal risk factors. These two SNPs can also be used to enable individuals to better understand their own susceptibility to BCC and thus to take measures to lower their environmental and overall risk, and we are pleased to have added them already to our deCODEme(TM) service," said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE and senior author of the study.

The SNPs were discovered through the analysis of more than 300,000 SNPs across the genomes of more than 900 Icelanders with BCC and more than 33,000 control subjects. The SNPs most strongly correlated with BCC were then validated through the analysis of additional Icelandic and Eastern European cohorts of approximately 4,000 cases and controls. The deCODE team then analyzed data from more than 42,000 individuals from Iceland, Sweden and Spain to demonstrate that these novel variants conferring risk of BCC do not correlate with either fair pigmentation or with risk of cutaneous melanoma. The SNPs reported today thus appear to confer risk independently of that of variants in or near the MC1R, ASIP, TYR and TYRP1 genes that deCODE has reported in earlier studies.

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deCODE is a biopharmaceutical company applying its discoveries in human genetics to the development of diagnostics and drugs for common diseases. deCODE is a global leader in gene discovery --- our population approach and resources have enabled us to isolate key genes contributing to major public health challenges from cardiovascular disease to cancer, genes that are providing us with drug targets rooted in the basic biology of disease. Through its CLIA-registered laboratory, deCODE is offering a growing range of DNA-based tests for gauging risk and empowering prevention of common diseases, including deCODE T2(TM) for type 2 diabetes; deCODE AF(TM) for atrial fibrillation and stroke; deCODE MI(TM) for heart attack; deCODE ProCa(TM) for prostate cancer; deCODE Glaucoma(TM) for a major type of glaucoma; and deCODE BreastCancer(TM) for the comm
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