NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Harold Varmus resigned as director of the National Cancer Institute today, effective at the end of March. He served as the institute's director for almost five years.

In a personal letter to the NCI community, he said that he will miss his job at the institute but looks forward to new opportunities in "the city, New York, that I continue to call home."

Starting in April, Varmus plans to establish a "modestly sized" research laboratory at the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill-Cornell Medical College and to serve as a senior advisor to its dean.

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