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    The US cancer research system needs to change drastically and learn how to share its findings at no cost, US Vice President Joe Biden told the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Genomics, life styles, family histories have the potential to find new patterns of causes and successful treatments of cancer, but too many scientists and researchers have to concentrate on writing their next grant request and do not have enough time to take the next leap in research, Biden maintained.

    "We have to change our academic and publication systems so that the [research] papers they come up with are available at no cost," Biden said on Wednesday. "Now they can cost as much as $100,000 and they're hidden behind a wall for as much as a year so they can be shared."

    Under Biden's direction, the US National Cancer Moonshot is seeking to accelerate research into the disease that kills 600,000 Americans each year by boosting cooperation between doctors, researchers, philanthropists and pharmaceutical companies.

    "In the last four months my task force has come up with collaborations, 40 in all, that are intended to change the way we do business… We're on the cusp of treatments that can get us there… Combination drugs have the potential to do for cancer what they did to HIV," Biden said.


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