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The art and politics of science / Harold Varmus.

By: Varmus, Harold.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York ; London : W. W. Norton, 2010Description: xii, 315 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780393304534 (pbk.); 0393304531 (pbk.).Subject(s): Varmus, Harold | National Institutes of Health (U.S.) | Medical scientists -- United States -- Biography | Nobel Prize winners -- United States -- Biography | Science -- United States | Medical policy -- United States | Tumors -- Treatment -- United StatesDDC classification: 610.92
Contents:
Origins and beginnings -- From literature to medicine to science -- The first taste of scientific success -- Retroviruses and their replication cycle -- The RSV oncogene and its progenitor -- How proto-oncogenes participate in cancer -- Targeted therapies for human cancers -- Partnerships in science -- The road to Building One -- Being NIH director -- Priority setting -- Bad times and good times as NIH director -- Embryos, cloning, stem cells, and the promise of reprogramming -- Global science and global health -- Science publishing and science libraries in the Internet age -- A life in science -- Notes -- Glossary.
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Originally published: 2009.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Origins and beginnings -- From literature to medicine to science -- The first taste of scientific success -- Retroviruses and their replication cycle -- The RSV oncogene and its progenitor -- How proto-oncogenes participate in cancer -- Targeted therapies for human cancers -- Partnerships in science -- The road to Building One -- Being NIH director -- Priority setting -- Bad times and good times as NIH director -- Embryos, cloning, stem cells, and the promise of reprogramming -- Global science and global health -- Science publishing and science libraries in the Internet age -- A life in science -- Notes -- Glossary.

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CHOICE Review

This is an autobiographical memoir by Varmus (president, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; 1989 Nobel laureate for his work on oncogenes). The author indicates at the outset that rather than offering a full autobiography, his focus is on three broad areas: his decision to turn to science from graduate studies in English literature, his medical research, and his work as NIH director from 1993 to 1999. Varmus writes with charm and humility. The book offers enough scientific background to make the basic questions and Varmus's achievements clear without getting too technical, and the account of his political and administrative labors at NIH is at least as engaging as the discussion of the Nobel-winning science. Varmus's story is a great illustration of the value of a liberal arts education. ("What can I do with an English major?") The book will appeal to general readers, but also could be useful as part of a freshman biology course for non-majors--or to inspire a graduating senior. Includes extensive notes and a glossary. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates and general readers. C. D. Kay Wofford College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning cancer researcher, president of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and former director of the National Institutes of Health, lives with his wife, the journalist Constance Casey, in New York City.

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