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4 After co-winning the Nobel prize in 1989 Harold E. Varmus went on to lead the National Institutes of Health. (NIH/NLM) in 1989, Varmus moved on enthusiastically to a new challenge. He became the first Nobel laureate ever appointed to direct the NIH. He held this important position until 2000. Since then, Varmus has been the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City, one of the most prestigious cancer hospitals and research centers in the world. “notices” this binding between the growth factor and the receptor and then activates other signal molecules inside the cell, telling the cell to divide.

For instance, in certain types of leukemia and nervous system cancers, the tumor suppressor gene NF-1 is mutated. Ordinarily, normal NF-1 inhibits the function of the protein that is encoded by TUMOR SUPPRESSORS the proto-oncogene ras. The normal ras protein activates cell division. When the NF-1 protein is defective, it does not stop the ras protein from triggering cell division and uncontrolled cell proliferation results. 1 on page 57 provides examples of human tumor supressor genes. Sometimes the balancing act between the activators and inhibitors of cell division can be quite complex.

Although Bishop is most famous for his research, he has always felt that his work as a teacher has been an equally important part of his career. He continued to both research and teach until 1998 at UCSF, where he is now chancellor of the university. 29 30 CANCER GENETICS how these cellular genes, or proto-oncogenes, function under healthy conditions. After all, proto-oncogenes certainly don’t reside in cells like ticking time bombs just waiting for an opportunity to cause cancer. In fact, proto-oncogenes all code for proteins that are essential for some aspect of cell proliferation, survival, or differentiation.

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