The rumor mill surrounding Nobel Laureate linkurl:Harold Varmus; is cranking up again, enlivened by a recent linkurl:report; in __The Cancer Letter__ that the biologist will be tapped by the White House to lead the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
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"Multiple sources in the federal government and outside it confirmed that the announcement appears imminent," the story in the newsletter read, adding that Varmus is expected to be named the NCI's new director later this week or early next week. Varmus, who was director of the National Institutes of Health from 1993-1999, is preparing to step down from his position as president of New York City's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as soon as the institution finds a successor. Varmus has played an active role in U.S. President Barack Obama's administration thus far, serving as co-chair of the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the president's inner...

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