Cancer's "Moonshot"


Ron DePinho, the new president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, hopes to cure five types of cancer — a feat that DePinho acknowledges is a "moonshot," reports The Economist. Which five cancers to tackle hasn't been decided yet, but The Economist says that the effort would only be possible because of the International Cancer Genome Consortium, which is working to thoroughly sequence the genomes of 50 cancer types.

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