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Scourge of Tobacco and Trans Fats Chosen for CDC

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Science  22 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5930, pp. 1003
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1003

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Thomas Frieden, who has been New York City's health commissioner since 2002, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a sense, he will be both an insider and an outsider, for despite his dozen years as a CDC employee working in New York City and later in India on tuberculosis control, he was never assigned to the agency's sprawling headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.