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Science  28 Mar 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6178, pp. 1460-1461
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6178.1460

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Frances Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, may be the most influential nonscientist ever in the field of breast cancer research. Twenty-two years ago, her grassroots patient advocacy group convinced Congress to put $210 million into a new breast cancer research program in an unusual place—the Department of Defense. Since then, that program has awarded nearly $3 billion in grants, making it the second largest funder of breast cancer research in the United States. Visco has sat on the program's oversight board from the beginning.

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