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President Obama Reiterates His Commitment to Science and Cancer Research in Speech to the National Academy of Sciences

President Obama promised a "new era of science and technology for the nation", addressing the National Academy of Sciences yesterday and vowed to commit significant funds to research and development.

During his speech he reiterated his commitment to cancer research saying:

 
"History also teaches us the greatest advances in medicine have come from scientific breakthroughs, whether the discovery of antibiotics, or improved public health practices, vaccines for smallpox and polio and many other infectious diseases, antiretroviral drugs that can return AIDS patients to productive lives, pills that can control certain types of blood cancers, so many others."
 "Because of recent progress -- not just in biology, genetics and medicine, but also in physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering -- we have the potential to make enormous progress against diseases in the coming decades. And that's why my administration is committed to increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health, including $6 billion to support cancer research -- part of a sustained, multi-year plan to double cancer research in our country."
 
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