NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has won an $11.3 million competitive renewal grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue funding for a prostate cancer research consortium that pursues a range of projects focused on genetic and molecular medicine.

The grant renews support of the Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer SPORE (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) program, which launched in 2002, Fred Hutch said today.

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