President Obama says he plans to appoint Harold Varmus as director of the National Cancer Institute. Varmus has served as the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center since January 2000, and is a former director of the National Institutes of Health under former President Clinton, as well as the co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, according to the White House statement.

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