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Ned Sharpless, the director of the National Cancer Institute, is stepping down at the end of April, he told STAT.

Sharpless, 55, spent nearly five years leading the roughly $7 billion biomedical research agency, which is the largest of the 27 institutes that compose the National Institutes of Health.


“I strongly support what this [administration] is doing to support cancer research, but it’s time for me to step aside,” he wrote in a text message.

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