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Biden unveiling public database for clinical data on cancer

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Julie Romero
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MoreIn this photo taken May 9, 2016, Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Washington.

Biden is unveiling a public database for clinical data on cancer that aims to help researchers and doctors better tailor new treatments to individuals.

The system is designed to increase sharing of information about the gene sequences of tumors and how patients with those tumors responded to specific treatments

Biden, speaking at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting in Chicago, said recent advances in DNA sequencing technology had allowed researchers to generate vast amounts of new data in a short period of time.

The database has emerged as the most tangible component of Biden's cancer "moonshot," a push in his final year in office to double the pace of cancer research toward a cure.

In fact, cancer research institutions have significant data-sharing arrangements in place, although Biden and other critics say it's too limited and not happening early enough in the process.

"It's the quickest way for us to move forward.

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