Report: Collins to lead NIH

Francis Collins, the geneticist who led the Human Genome Project, is close to taking over the top spot at the National Institutes of Health, according to a linkurl:report;http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-na-nih-collins23-2009may23,0,5889122.story by __Bloomberg News__. Collins, who was the director of the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 to 2008, is in the final stages of being screened by the administration of US President Barack Obama, an unnamed source told _

May 26, 2009
Bob Grant
Francis Collins, the geneticist who led the Human Genome Project, is close to taking over the top spot at the National Institutes of Health, according to a linkurl:report;http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-na-nih-collins23-2009may23,0,5889122.story by __Bloomberg News__.
Collins, who was the director of the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 to 2008, is in the final stages of being screened by the administration of US President Barack Obama, an unnamed source told __Bloomberg__. Elias Zerhouni, Collins' would-be predecessor, voiced his approval for the pick, telling __Bloomberg__ that Collins has "done things many scientists wish they could do once in their lifetime, and he's done it repeatedly." Collins recently unveiled a new foundation, BioLogos, that promotes "the search for truth in both the natural and spiritual realms, and seeks to harmonize these different perspectives," according to the organization's linkurl:Web site.;http://biologos.org/ Collins, who is an evangelical Christian, has linkurl:said;http://www.usnews.com/blogs/god-and-country/2009/05/04/francis-collins-a-scientific-basis-for-god.html that his new foundation is an attempt to resolve Christian faith with scientific evidence, especially with regard to evolution. In 2006 he published a bestselling book, __The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief__, that stirred some controversy in the scientific community.
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