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White House To Announce Big Push For Cancer Blood Tests

The Cancer Moonshot program aims to develop blood tests to detect cancer.

The White House, as part of the Cancer Moonshot effort being run by Vice President Joe Biden, is announcing a major push to develop blood tests that can detect and monitor cancer, that aims to unite makers of diagnostic tests, drugs, and other cancer-related products.

“If you think about somebody who is at risk of cancer, or has been diagnosed with cancer, through the rest of life there is this question: Where is the cancer, what does the cancer look like? And what is going to happen next?” says Peter Kuhn, the Dean’s Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Southern California, which is participating in the effort.

The project, called the Blood Cancer Atlas (updated: they went with “Blood Profiling Atlas”), will try to jumpstart efforts to develop such blood tests by convincing companies to share data. “This effort is about strongly encouraging individuals who might not otherwise be caught dead together to work together for the greater good,” says Michael Pellini, the chief executive of Foundation Medicine, which is participating.

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