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Elias Zerhouni is resigning from his position as director of the National Institutes of Health at the end of October "to pursue writing projects and explore other professional opportunities." Zerhouni said that his writing plans may touch on his experiences as head of NIH during “a time of real transition.”

Zerhouni told a group of reporters in a conference call this week that his departure is timed to synchronize with the end of the current White House administration and that he does not consider the move to be a resignation.

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