CHANGES INSTITUTED: With the status change complete, director Francis Collins says he’s now working on setting new goals.
Rumors that had been flying around the National Institutes of Health in early January about a status change for the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) (S. Benowitz, The Scientist, Jan. 20, 1997, page 1) turned out to be true. On January 14, NCHGR officially became the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Except for some added flexibility in awarding grants, the fact that the center has become an institute changes little, according to director Francis Collins. "This is a recognition that NCHGR has [already] been operating effectively as an institute" because of its intramural research program and research award-granting authority, he says. Collins also sees the new status as lending "a sense of permanence" to the Human Genome Project (HGP), the 15-year, $3 billion international effort...

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