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Cancer surgeon sails through Senate hearing and sets out stall for NIH director post

Monica Bertagnolli is clearly calm under pressure.

When senators threw her tough and aggressive questions in a recent grilling, she answered with composure. The current director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was called to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions this month as part of her bid to become the next director of the National Institutes of Health, after her nomination by President Jo Biden.

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