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Science  10 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5434, pp. 1654-1656
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5434.1654

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At a meeting last month, Science invited National Institutes of Health director Harold Varmus to reflect on what he sees as his major accomplishments during his 6 years at NIH, his disappointments, and some ideas about NIH's future. Here we give a condensed version of his conversation with Science's news and editorial staff, edited for clarity and concision.