Governor Asks Embattled Texas Cancer Agency To Halt Grants

AUSTIN (December 19, 2012)--Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday asked the embattled Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to stop awarding grants until concerns about the beleaguered agency are resolved.

The institute, which controls the nation's second-largest pot of cancer research dollars, behind the federal National Institutes of Health, was founded in 2009 with an unprecedented $3 billion in state money and promises of cancer breakthroughs.

But a criminal investigation, widespread criticism from scientists and the resignations of agency officials amid suggestions of politics and personal profit have come faster than medical discoveries.

Perry made his request Wednesday in a letter he, the lieutenant governor and House speaker sent to the cancer agency's oversight committee.

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