Genome project leader is selected to head NIH


Dr. Francis Collins is named to run the vast research agency. He guided the U.S. drive to map the human genetic code and wrote a book linking God and science.

Thomas H. Maugh II
L.A. Times
July 9, 2009

Dr. Francis S. Collins, the geneticist who discovered the causes of half a dozen diseases, oversaw the government’s efforts to map the human genome and wrote a now-famous book presenting scientific evidence for a belief in God, will be nominated to head the National Institutes of Health, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

[efoods]"My administration is committed to promoting scientific integrity and pioneering scientific research, and I am confident that Dr. Francis Collins will lead the NIH to achieve these goals," President Obama said in a written statement.

"Dr. Collins is one of the top scientists in the world, and his groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease," the statement said.

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