Judith Rodin of Yale and UC-San Francisco's Harold Varmus are said to be strong contenders for the agency position
Author: FRANKLIN HOKE, pp. 1, 3, 4

Sources close to the search for Bernadine Healy's successor as director of the National Institutes of Health say the list of candidates is down to three individuals, with a decision from the White House considered imminent.

In the running at press time were Harold Varmus, a Nobel Prize- winning molecular biologist at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, known for his work on oncogenes, and Judith Rodin, the provost of Yale University, New Haven, Conn. The identity of the third candidate could not be confirmed through sources.

Healy, who was not asked to stay on at her post by new President Bill Clinton early this year, announced in February that she would step down as NIH director on June 30. Ruth...

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