SEATTLE--On July 1 Robert Day, president of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center here, retired from his post after a 16-year tenure that saw the facility rise to the status of a major research center, with significant bioinformatics activities. An epidemiologist by training, Day will continue to be associated with the center in the role of senior advisor.

Named as his replacement was Leland Hartwell, a prominent biologist and geneticist who was previously a senior scientific advisor who headed a genetics research laboratory at the center.

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