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Former NIH Director Varmus to Head Cancer Institute

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Science  21 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5981, pp. 960-961
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5981.960-b

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Harold Varmus will be returning to Washington, D.C., to run the world's biggest cancer research program. President Barack Obama announced on 17 May that he plans to appoint the Nobel Prize–winning molecular biologist director of the $5.1 billion National Cancer Institute. Varmus, now president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will replace current NCI Director John Niederhuber, a Bush appointee, who expects to remain at NCI as an intramural researcher.