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Web Date: May 18, 2010

Varmus To Lead National Cancer Institute

Appointments: Former NIH director to return as chief of world's largest cancer research program
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: NIH, NCI, cancer

President Barack Obama has chosen former NIH director and Nobel Prize winner Harold E. Varmus to direct the National Cancer Institute. The decision confirms rumors about the appointment, which began circulating several weeks ago after Varmus announced that he planned to step down as president of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Varmus, 70, is best known for his work on retroviruses and cancer genes, for which he received the . . .

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