After months of rumors, President Barack Obama has finally announced that linkurl:Harold Varmus; will be the next head of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, the linkurl:__New York Times__; reported yesterday (17th May).
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Varmus will be the first Nobel Prize winner and the first former-NIH director to lead the NCI. The geneticist, who has worked most recently as president of New York City's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, won the 1989 linkurl:Nobel Prize; in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes, and served as NIH director from 1993 to 1999. In March, __The Cancer Letter__ ran a linkurl:story; reporting that Varmus was likely to get the top spot at NCI, but he rejected the scuttlebutt, writing in an email to linkurl:__ScienceInsider__,; "I have no idea where you are getting such rumors but I can tell you that no...

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