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Harold Varmus has been sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Most recently, he was the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Before that, from 1993 until 1999, he was the director of NIH, and prior to that, he spent 23 years as a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, medical school. In 1989, Varmus received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for studies of the genetic basis of cancer.

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