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Government Shutdown Concerns Univ. of Iowa Cancer Researchers

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The government shutdown is slowing some cancer research at the University of Iowa. New research trials across the nation, including in Iowa City, were halted this week when the government shutdown.

"The pipeline of new research has been blocked," said Dr. George Weiner, director of UI's Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. "But clinical research trials that are already open are continuing."

Weiner said current research and patients have not be effected by the shutdown.

The university enrolls patients from across the nation with rare forms of cancer into new trials.

"I am concerned. Our ability to do cancer research had already been affected by the sequester pretty significantly," said Weiner. "Our [federal support] has been cut with the sequester, now we have the shutdown and no one knows how long it will last."