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[Editorial] Promising the moon

In his last State of the Union speech on Jan 12, 2016, President Barack Obama endorsed what Vice President Joe Biden has called our generation’s “moonshot”—a renewed commitment to end cancer. Evoking the sentiment of the “spirit of discovery” and the imagery of American space exploration, Obama symbolically appointed Biden as the head of “ground control” in this mission for the remainder of the Administration’s term. Taking up this mantle, Biden, whose son died from brain cancer earlier in October, 2015, visited Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on Jan 14, and laid out an ambitious yet nebulous plan to accelerate research in the pursuit of curing cancer.