Basic discoveries, which drive much of cancer research, were showcased at a recent dinner held by the National Foundation for Cancer Research. At the dinner, Fox Chase Cancer Center's Beatrice Mintz was honored for her work developing transgenic mouse models with the sixth annual Albert Szent-Györgyi Prize. "This prize should really celebrate the discoveries and celebrate the translation of the discoveries into cancer patients," says Sujuan Ba, the foundation's chief operating officer.

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