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Plans for Mars Unite Cancer, Space Agencies

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Science  21 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5465, pp. 415-416
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5465.415a

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Cancer research and sending humans to Mars may seem light-years apart, but technological advances have put them on the same flight path. Last week NASA and the National Cancer Institute announced that each intends to spend $10 million a year for the next 5 years in a coordinated effort to develop devices that could both speed detection of cancer on Earth and keep astronauts healthy during long sojourns from home.