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Napster founder's cancer initiative publishes first scientific paper

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Per Techcrunch, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, launched by Napster founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker, has published a paper outlining its first major discovery in Nature. Researchers from Penn and Sloan-Kettering, working together under the Parker Institute, devised a simple blood test that might determine if melanoma patients will be responsive to treatment.

Why it matters: It shows that Parker's unconventional and well-funded plan to end cancer — he put one-twelfth of his $3 billion fortune toward the Parker Institute — has the potential to bring about real results in the field of immunotherapy.