Harold Varmus, M.D. – NCI Director – Welcome To Cancer.gov
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[Harold Elliot Varmus (December 18, 1939)] Source: LYBIO.net
I’m Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, and I’m pleased to welcome you to cancer.gov, the web site of the National Cancer Institute. I am a relatively new director of the NCI, but I’m not new to the NCI. I was trained here in genetics and molecular biology soon after medical school in the late 1960s. I then was supported by NCI grants through a 40-year career at doing research on cancer, cancer viruses and mouse models of cancer. And since July twelfth, two thousand and ten, I’ve been the director of this remarkable institution. In the last 40 years, the period in which I’ve been doing cancer research, we’ve gone from a time when we really understood nothing about how a normal cell became a cancer cell. Now we can describe that process in exquisite genetic and molecular detail. What we’ve learned can be summarized in at least three categories. First, we’ve learned that cancer is not simply a single disease that happens to affect many parts of the body; it’s many different diseases with common themes that can cause different kinds of disorders in many of our organs, and each of those diseases needs to be studied and considered separately. Secondly, because we use so many methods to approach the disease, virtually every component of the scientific community is engaged in trying to understand cancer and control it better. Thirdly, we’ve made progress using a diversity of new techniques. One of the reasons we’re so successful is that we have a wonderful group of people at the NCI and supported by NCI funds who are devoted to this task of controlling one of mankind’s greatest scourges and one of our greatest intellectual challenges in the twenty-first century. Welcome to the site, and I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
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