Biden sees politics of cancer world as obstacle to a cure

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks during a meeting with Guatemala's president-elect Jimmy Morales in Guatemala City, Thursday, Jan 14, 2016. Biden is on a one day trip to attend Morales' presidential inauguration. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks during a meeting with Guatemala's president-elect Jimmy Morales in Guatemala City, Thursday, Jan 14, 2016. Biden is on a one day trip to attend Morales' presidential inauguration. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has been trying to put his finger on what’s holding back a cure for cancer. And he’s arrived at an unsettling conclusion: the hold-up, in large part, lies in the cancer world itself.

As one of his final acts as vice president, Biden has resolved to break down the silence that he says is pervasive in the world of oncologists, scientists and benefactors.

Aides say Biden’s meetings over the last three months has revealed a cancer community rife with competition, territorialism and resistance to information-sharing that has cloistered researchers and their discoveries.

Asked how Americans can help, Biden is mincing no words. He says people should “demand collaboration from the scientific community.”

Today, Biden is kicking off his “moonshot” initiative to cure cancer at Philadelphia’s Abramson Cancer Center.

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