NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Government of Canada announced yesterday the funding of the country's first national cancer research network, pledging C$25 million (US$21.5 million) over five years to quickly translate the most promising laboratory research into cancer therapies. Private sector and non-profit partners, including Genome British Columbia, will contribute an additional C$35 million (US$30.1 million).

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