Harold Varmus: Changing the Way We Publish

In 2003, Dr. Varmus co-founded the Public Library of Science (PLoS), an open access forum for publishing scientific papers in biology or medicine. Varmus explains why he believes that the 350 year old print model for scientific publishing needs to change and how the Internet could be used more effectively, and with greater impact, to disseminate scientific discoveries.

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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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