About the Authors

Mohammed Kashani-Sabet

kashani@cpmcri.org

Affiliation Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment, California Pacific Medical Center and Research Institute, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Richard W. Sagebiel

Affiliation Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment, California Pacific Medical Center and Research Institute, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Heikki Joensuu

Affiliation Molecular Cancer Biology Program, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

James R. Miller III

Affiliation Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment, California Pacific Medical Center and Research Institute, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Competing Interests

Mohammed Kashani-Sabet owns stock in Melanoma Diagnostics, Inc., and James R. Miller III has ownership interest in MDMS, LLC. There are further no patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all of the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MKS RWS JRM. Performed the experiments: MKS JRM. Analyzed the data: MKS RWS HJ JRM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MKS RWS HJ JRM. Wrote the paper: MKS RWS HJ JRM.