Need a Cancer Research Edge? Get on the Grid
By Jack Lucentini

If cancer research is tough to begin with, coordinating it among dozens of major institutions might sound like a thankless job. Engineer Jack London participates in such an effort. His thanks, he says, will be the satisfaction of helping the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) set up a computer network linking all its designated cancer centers.

London, director of the Informatics Core at Thomas Jefferson University's Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia, says the city will be a key node on this grid, thanks to its sheer number of designated cancer centers. Second only to New York, Philadelphia has four: Kimmel, the Wistar Institute, the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the University of Pennsylvania's...

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