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Jeremy Farrar has been named as the new head of the Wellcome Trust, the charity says. Farrar, an infectious disease specialist, currently oversees the Wellcome Trust's Major Overseas Programme in Vietnam as well as the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit there.

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