The director of the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), linkurl:Francis Collins,; announced today (May 28) that he will step down from his position on August 1. Collins linkurl:started; as NHGRI director in 1993 and led the institute through the linkurl:Human Genome Project,; which concluded in 2003. linkurl:Robert Cook-Deegan,; director of Duke University's Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy at the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, said that Collins was an ideal leader to pilot NHGRI through the Human Genome Project at a time when genomics was a strange, new idea. "It was very clear that he could explain the science to a lay audience in a way that they could understand the importance of it," said Cook-Deegan, who chronicled the start of the Human Genome Project in his 1996 book, linkurl:__Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome.__; Harvard geneticist and collaborator on the Human Genome...

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