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Harold Varmus Rocks

In case you missed Harold Varmus' appearance on the Daily Show last night, you can check out the video clip here. Jon Stewart had a good time pointing out that Varmus was considered a key scientist by the Clinton administration and now again by Obama's team -- but he had no such role during the Bush years. "Does eight years in the wilderness do real damage to science?" Stewart asked Varmus. (The answer: an emphatic "yes.") Varmus, who was on the show to promote his new book, also sang the praises of basic research.