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Varmus Grilled Over Breach of Embryo Research Ban

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Science  27 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5321, pp. 1963
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5321.1963

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Harold Varmus, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), endured 3 hours as the lone witness before a House investigative panel last week. He was grilled about an NIH-funded researcher, Mark Hughes, accused last year of violating a federal ban on embryo research. The 19 June inquiry also served as a reprimand of NIH's top brass, seated behind Varmus in the audience, who were faulted by legislators for lax management.