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A 'moonshot' to cure cancer: Realistic hope or a search for green cheese?

A 'moonshot' to cure cancer: Realistic hope or a search for green cheese?

In his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama was widely said to have conceded to his lame-duck status and an atmosphere of paralyzing political partisanship by avoiding ambitious initiatives.

Then again, there was that cancer "moonshot" thing.

"For the loved ones we've all lost, for the families that we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all," Obama said. Referring to Congress' recent approval of a $2-billion increase in 2016 funds for the National Institutes of Health, he added that "medical research is critical."

And with that, he put Vice President Joe Biden in...

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