Harold Varmus: How I Became a Scientist

How does an English literature major ultimately end up as a cancer biologist? Varmus tells us of his circuitous path to becoming a scientist to illustrate the many routes that one can follow to a career in science.

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About the Speaker

Varmus was recently appointed as Director of the National Cancer Institute. He was previously President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Director of the National Institutes of Health. In 1989, while on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, Varmus and J. M. Bishop won the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for their work on oncogenes. Varmus is a co-founder of the Public Library of Science and is closely involved with numerous global health organizations.

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