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Sean Parker’s ‘Manhattan Project’ for cancer hopes to turn it into a chronic illness, rather than a death sentence
Washington Post

In describing just how much of a powerhouse the group of six scientists leading Sean Parker’s new $250 million cancer effort represents, Otis Brawley has to resort to a sports analogy. The chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society told Wired: “He went to some major football teams, took the best players off the team, and said I’m going to give you money to do what you do best.”

It’s hard to overstate the hopes that are being pinned on this group. Under the new model — to which Stanford University, Memorial Sloan Kettering and other major institutions agreed — nearly 300 researchers specializing in the white-hot field of cancer immunology across the country will be following the lead of this central steering committee in determining the direction of their research.

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