Sunday, August 09, 2009

Dr. Collins confirmed as the new Director of NIH

Dr. Collins has been confirmed as the new Director of the NIH. I was very pleased. I happen to be a fan of his book, have had the honor of meeting him a few times - and somehow it makes me feel better to know that the guy in charge at NIH is truly interested in genetics and has actually heard of Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome - grin. Here's a story about it below.

Senate confirms new NIH director
(AP) – 2 days ago
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday confirmed Dr. Francis Collins, a scientist who helped unravel the human genetic code, as director of the National Institutes of Health.

Collins led the Human Genome Project that, along with a competing private company, mapped the genetic code — or, as he famously called it, "the book of human life." He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award, but may be more widely known for his 2007 best-selling book, "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief."

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