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Biotech Mogul: Cancer Treatments Could Work on Zika Virus

Known for his bold claims, entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong says that immunotherapies can tackle cancer as well as infections.

What do breast cancer, lung cancer, and Zika virus have in common? They can all be treated with the same medications, claimed biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong at a genetics conference in San Diego on Thursday. The doctor doesn’t shy away from bold statements based on preliminary data and was met with adoration as a kickoff speaker at the Future of Genomic Medicine conference—a science-heavy gathering at the Scripps Institution of geneticists, oncologists, data scientists, and other experts.

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