NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has awarded $3.6 million to nine young investigators who are pursuing a range of efforts to better understand, and eventually treat, cancer at the molecular level.

The foundation said yesterday that it has named six new Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators, each of whom will receive $450,000 for three years to launch their projects, and three continuation grants of $300,000 each to previous awardees.

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