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Changing the Conversation

The Nation’s Investment in Cancer Research

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Provocative Questions

Due to recent technological advances in many fields, especially in genomics, molecular biology, and computational sciences, there has never been a better time for doing cancer research. We have made large leaps in our basic knowledge about cancers — especially about the genetic and biochemical mechanisms by which they arise. Now we have an opportunity to take a step back from the momentum of these discoveries and make sure we have left no stone unturned and no important but perhaps non-obvious question left unexplored. The new leaders at the NCI are eager to influence the state of cancer research by attempting to define more potentially game-changing scientific questions that could influence the directions taken by NCI-sponsored research in the future.

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Provocative Questions Project Website.

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NCI Director Harold Varmus, M.D., discusses the Provocative Questions Project and urges researchers to tackle the "perplexing" questions in cancer research. For more information, visit