Stanford University has received a $20 million grant to establish a new research center specializing in cancer-stem cell research.

The cells are believed to be at the heart of most cancers, and learning to destroy them could yield potential cancer treatments, the university said.

The center, funded by the New York-based Virginia and D.K. Ludwig fund, will be the research home for 30 Stanford cancer researchers in stem cells, genomics and clinical care. It will also serve as a support institution for other researchers worldwide, according to the university.

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