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PM Modi meets Nobel Laureate and cancer specialist Harold Varmus

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a meeting with eminent Nobel Laureate and famous cancer specialist Professor Harold Varmus and invited him to visit India to assist in health and public care research.

Interestingly, 74-year-old Varmus, currently director of the US National cancer Institute, had done his apprenticeship in a mission hospital in Bareilly in 1960s. He received 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes.

 PM Modi meets Nobel Laureate and cancer specialist Harold Varmus

PM Narendra Modi with Harold Varmus during his New York visit. Reuters

During his 30-minute interaction with Modi, which lasted for about half an hour, the two discussed a wide range of public health care issues, including those related to cancer research, vaccine and possibilities of research in India.

"The Prime Minister invited him to visit India on a regular basis. The professor congratulated Modi on the laws in India on anti-smoking," the spokesperson Ministry of External Affairs told reporters.

Recollecting his India days in 1960s, Varmus also talked about how medicines have evolved since them.


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Updated Date: Sep 27, 2014 09:38:40 IST