Shooting the Moon

With the creation of its Moon Shots Program, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to bring together teams of researchers focused on eight cancers to improve patient survival. According to ScienceInsider, MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho compared his organization's new initiative to US President John F. Kennedy's plan to send Americans to the moon.

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