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Harold Eliot Varmus|
December 18, 1939
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
|Known for||Retroviral oncogenes; PLOS|
|Notable awards||1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|
Harold Eliot Varmus (born December 18, 1939) is an American Nobel Prize-winning scientist and the 14th and current Director of the National Cancer Institute, a post he was appointed to by President Barack Obama.
He was a co-recipient, with J. Michael Bishop, of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the origin of retroviral oncogenes. Varmus described the work in his Nobel lecture.
He also serves as one of three co-Chairs of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
- President Obama to appoint Harold E. Varmus M.D. to lead National Cancer Institute: 
- "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1989". Official Nobel Prize Award Site. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1989/varmus-autobio.html.
- Retroviruses and oncogenes I. Nobel Lecture, December 8, 1989. nobelprize.org