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In a New York Times op-ed James Watson makes a plea for restarting the "War on Cancer" — he says that "any claim that we are still 'at war' elicits painful sarcasm." He goes on to note that new vigor for the initiative should come from the top, as the US president is the one to pick the NCI head. Watson hopes that person provides strong leadership as well as experience in developing new pharmaceuticals.

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