At the beginning of September, the new director of the National Institutes of Health, linkurl:Francis Collins,; welcomed a friend and colleague back into the NIH fold. He named linkurl:Kathy Hudson; -- who had been simultaneously wearing the hats of bioethicist, geneticist and public policy guru at Johns Hopkins University -- his new chief of staff, a position that's never before formally existed at NIH. Hudson, who worked with Collins in the heyday of the National Human Genetics Research Institute and had been at her new job for only six very busy days, took some time to talk with __The Scientist__ last week about what she'll be doing at the NIH, how she imagines the future of the agency, and about the curious things Collins keeps in his pocket.
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Genetics and Public Policy Center
**__The Scientist__**: The National Institutes of Health hasn't ever had an...

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