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Texas cancer agency seeks new vote of approval

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Science  18 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6463, pp. 294
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6463.294

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On 5 November, Texas voters will decide whether to sustain the $3 billion Cancer Prevention & Research Agency of Texas (CPRIT), an unusual state research initiative created in 2007. At stake is its generous support that has launched the careers of 123 tenure-track faculty and lured dozens of established cancer researchers to the state. Texans appear likely to approve the ballot initiative, which would give CPRIT another $3 billion through bond sales; a recent poll found that two-thirds of voters support it. Still, CPRIT and its supporters aren't letting up on their message that the agency has been a boon for Texas's research efforts and the state's economy.

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