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Panel outlines research priorities for ‘Cancer Moonshot’

Recommendations emphasize importance of data sharing, promise of immunotherapy

3:26pm, September 8, 2016
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EXPERT OPINION  A panel has outlined 10 Cancer Moonshot research priorities. The recommendations will now be considered by Vice President Joe Biden and the moonshot task force (shown here meeting in February 2016). 

President Barack Obama’s “Cancer Moonshot” now has a scientific flight plan. It calls for better cooperation among researchers and institutions, aggressive pursuit of immunotherapy and making better use of proven cancer prevention strategies. Called the Blue Ribbon Panel Report, the document was approved September 7 by the National Cancer Advisory Board, part of the National Cancer Institute.

Five months in the making, the report’s 10 recommendations for research priorities were put together by a 28-member group of cancer experts appointed last April. It’s the most specific direction yet for the moonshot (SN: 4/2/16, p. 20), launched when Obama announced the intention to make the United States “the country that cures cancer once and for all

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