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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

President Obama’s Call For A ‘Moonshot’ To End Cancer

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 12, 2016. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 12, 2016. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama announced he is putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of a new national initiative – a “moonshot” – to find a cure for cancer. The effort will be a public-private partnership.

Dr. Ronald DePinho tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that it’s “terrific” that the White House is making this a national priority. DePinho is president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world’s leading cancer facilities, which is leading its own moonshot program.

Guest

  • Ronald DePinho, M.D., president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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