Now that election day is over and we can stop feverishly predicting who will move into the White House, it's time to start feverishly predicting who President-elect Barack Obama will appoint to linkurl:key positions;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55167/ in his cabinet. So far, the linkurl:Wall Street Journal;http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/11/05/horse-race-begins-for-new-leaders-at-fda-and-hhs/ has heard three names as potential leaders of the Health and Human Services: linkurl:Harold Varmus,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/23543/ former Senator linkurl:Tom Daschle,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22134/ and Howard Dean, a doctor and Democratic National Committee chairman. For the FDA, the WSJ predicts the commissioner's position could go to linkurl:Steven Nissen,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24056/ a critic of industry ties to the agency who has been advising Obama. Other names the journal has heard bandied about for FDA chief include Mike Taylor (Dep. Commissioner under Clinton), Robert Califf at Duke, Mary Pendergast, and linkurl:Janet Woodcock,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53306/ head of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Who do you think could (or should) take over these posts?
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