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Vice President Biden to visit Seattle's Hutchinson research center

Vice President Joe Biden (AP photo)

SEATTLE - Vice President Joe Biden will meet with researchers at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Monday. The center says the vice president's visit is part of his cancer moonshot listening tour to promote cancer research.

"I'm thrilled that Vice President Biden will be visiting Fred Hutch," said Fred HutchPresident Dr. Gary Gilliland. "I truly believe that the moonshot initiative, which is bringing together some of the best scientific minds, will accelerate cures for cancer that leverage our collaborative approach.

President Barack Obama has proposed spending $1 billion for a new initiative to cure cancer. Since the president's announcement during his State of the Union address in January, Biden has been visiting cancer researchers and advocates.

The vice president's son Beau died of brain cancer last year at the age of 46.

"Our job [with the moonshot initiative]," said Biden, in a message on the White House's website, "is to clear out the bureaucratic hurdles and let science happen."

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