Texas Launches Efforts To Become Nation's Cancer Research Capital - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

01/23/07 - Austin, Texas

Texas Launches Efforts To Become Nation's Cancer Research Capital

Texas is aiming to become a global leader in the fight against cancer.

It's planning to invest three billion in research efforts over the next decade. The push was spawned by the September cancer death of former Governor Ann Richards.

Texas already is home to the Lance Armstrong Foundation and to the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen (KOH'-men) For The Cure Foundation. Officials hope to combine their efforts with research by private firms, universities, medical schools and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Governor Rick Perry says the effort will attract high-tech firms and good-paying jobs to the state.

Cancer research has traditionally been funded by the federal government but in recent years states have been more aggressive in funding their own initiatives.

Story courtesy of KTRK and the Associated Press.

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