Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, will be stepping down from his position at the end of the month, according to the National Institutes of Health.

"It has been our great fortune to have Harold at the helm of the NCI," says NIH Director Francis Collins in a statement. "His breadth and depth of expertise in biomedical research is unparalleled, and he's been a tremendous colleague to me and invaluable to the agency."

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