Scientific trade groups organizations seem quite pleased with the appointment of former Senator linkurl:Tom Daschle; to the position of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. But Daschle is not without potential conflicts of interest that might limit his participation in key decisions at the agency. "It's a perfect appointment in that Tom knows the Department inside and out," said linkurl:John Porter,; former Illinois Congressman and chair of medical research advocacy group Research!America, in a statement. "His relationship with his former colleagues on the Hill is a very strong and positive one. I think he'll do an outstanding job as our new Secretary of HHS." The praise for linkurl:Daschle; doesn't stop there. "Senator Daschle brings to the position an impressive and deep background of health care policy expertise," said linkurl:Jim Greenwood,; president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, in a statement. "By nominating Senator Daschle, the President-elect...

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