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Deficit law threatens new cancer research, official says
Modern Healthcare

Looming cuts under the federal deficit-reduction law would endanger about 40% of the funding for new federal cancer research next year, according to a federal research official.

Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, told reporters Tuesday that his informal estimate of potential cancer research cuts is based on likely sequester effects previously mentioned by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.