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Biden Announces Crucial Piece Of His Cancer Moonshot Initiative

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Lillie Snow
Jun 07, 2016 13:19
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Monday the moonshot initiative he leads aimed at finding cures for cancer was the only bipartisan thing left in America and called for more collaboration among researchers, doctors and government agencies to advance the cause.

Biden was speaking at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago in conjunction with the launch of a new system to facilitate sharing of genomic and clinical data among cancer researchers to help promote advances in personalized treatment for the many forms of the disease.

Funding for GDC will come from $70 million allocated to NCI for cancer genomics projects under the precision medicine initiative, which involves using advanced genetic information to match individual patients with treatments most likely to help their particular type of cancer.

More and more medicines are being developed that address specific genetic mutations associated with a variety of cancers and tumor types.

Biden said he hoped efforts like the moonshot and GDC will help researchers spend more productive time in the lab and less writing grant proposals.

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