It would be difficult to find a more universally lauded and liked researcher than geneticist Francis Collins, who the Obama administration linkurl:nominated;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55818/ yesterday (July 8) to take the reins at the National Institutes of Health. Collins led the US government's Human Genome Project in his time as director of the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute.
Almost immediately after the announcement of Collins's nomination was made, the praise and well-wishes started pouring in from the usual cast of science advocates. A sampling of the more glowing endorsements: "He is an exceptional scientist, administrator, and communicator," wrote Association of American Medical Colleges president Darrell Kirch in a linkurl:statement.;http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/pressrel/2009/090708a.htm "His skillful direction of [the Human Genome Project] -- one of the greatest technical, scientific, and management accomplishments of our lifetime -- is just one example of the expertise he will bring to the NIH and its 27 institutes...
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