By Andrea Anderson

WASHINGTON, DC (GenomeWeb News) – At the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting here this week, the directors of both the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute highlighted the importance of transforming basic cancer research into improved patient care.

During his talk on exceptional opportunities for cancer research, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins described some national programs and strategies for bolstering such translational research.

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