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    Vice President Joe Biden unveiled an open access data resource intended to help researchers advance and develop effective treatments for cancer, the White House said in a press release on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The database will allow researches freely access raw genomic and clinical data of 12,000 patients, according to the release.

    "Increasing the pool of researchers who can access data and decreasing the time it takes for them to review and find new patterns in that data is critical to speeding up development of lifesaving treatments for patients," Biden stated.

    In January, President Barack Obama announced the Cancer Moonshot initiative in his State of the Union speech as an attempt to cure cancer. The initiative has already received $1 billion in funding.

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