|Age:||18 years or older|
|Keywords:||Melanocytic Nevi, moles|
If you decide to participate, you will be asked to have a photograph(s) taken of your mole(s), a blood draw or saliva collection, and one or two skin biopsies. You can also participate by having only photographs taken of your moles.
For the blood draw, one-half ounce (15 cc) or less of blood will be withdrawn from a vein in your arm. The skin biopsy will be performed under local anesthesia. You can choose to have up to two skin biopsies and this will be scheduled accordingly. Photographs will be taken at each visit that has a biopsy.
The blood or saliva sample and the skin biopsy will be used to isolate DNA and RNA, the genetic material. The DNA and RNA will be analyzed in the laboratory to try to identify areas that may be related to the development of the skin lesion. A skin lesion is synonymous with a mole or a melanocytic nevus.
We will examine the skin lesion(s) using a dermatoscope (a hand-held microscope) and take a photograph of your skin lesion(s). We will ask for your permission to use these photos in scientiﬁc publications and/or presentations. You will not be identiﬁed in these pictures and your face will be covered in a way that you cannot be identiﬁed.
The research procedures will all be conducted in the clinical research exam rooms at the UC Davis Dermatology Department or in the designated research rooms.
Inclusion criteria: - Male or female subjects that are 18 years or older - Subjects with melanocytic nevi\ Exclusion criteria: - Patients less than 18 years of age - Patients without melanocytic nevi - Patients with a bleeding disorder or are taking anticoagulation medication
Have any questions or want to learn more? Leave your contact details below and the research team will reach out to you.