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US president endorses “moonshot” effort to cure cancer

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i213 (Published 13 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i213
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

In his final State of the Union address to US Congress, President Barack Obama emphasized the accomplishments of the first seven years of his presidency, urged people to unite in tackling the challenges confronting the nation, and announced a national effort to cure cancer, to be led by his vice president, Joe Biden.

The president noted that Biden, whose son, Beau, died of brain cancer last year, has called …

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