Varmus Means Business

Speaking to National Cancer Institute staffers this week, Harold Varmus — the agency's newly installed director — "said he plans to review all NCI programs, address 'dysfunction,' and come up with a list of big questions that block progress against cancer," Science Insider reports.

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