From budgets padded with stimulus funding to advancements in stem cell legislation, 2009 has been an all around big year for research. But in The Scientist's mind, a few individuals have stuck out in terms of their contributions, support, and leadership in the life sciences.
Here are our picks for the top five most influential people of the year, presented in alphabetical order: Francis Collins Unless you have been living under a rock this year, you know that linkurl:Collins; was linkurl:appointed; director of the National Institutes of Health in August. The geneticist accepted the position after 15 years at the helm of the National Human Genome Research Institute, during which time he helped finish the Human Genome Project ahead of schedule and under budget. Since taking control of the NIH, Collins has been pushing an agenda focused on personalized medicine and stem cell research, backing the efforts by approving...
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