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Varmus Leaves While on Top

Harold Varmus is stepping down from his post as president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering, reports ScienceInsider. In his email to Sloan-Kettering staff, Varmus says that he had only planned to run the institute for about 10 years — he joined Sloan-Kettering in 2000 — and that “the institution would now benefit from a fresh approach.” Varmus also says that he’ll stay on until his replacement is found and that replacement will have big shoes to fill. As the Wall Street Journal Health Blog puts it: “It’s a tough job market, but if you’ve won a Nobel Prize and run the NIH, we may have a gig for you.”