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Francis Collins selcected to head NIH

Thanks to Cameron for the link.

Dr. Francis Collins is named to run the vast research agency. He guided the U.S. drive to map the human genetic code and wrote a book linking God and science.

Dr. Francis S. Collins, the geneticist who discovered the causes of half a dozen diseases, oversaw the government's efforts to map the human genome and wrote a now-famous book presenting scientific evidence for a belief in God, will be nominated to head the National Institutes of Health, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

"My administration is committed to promoting scientific integrity and pioneering scientific research, and I am confident that Dr. Francis Collins will lead the NIH to achieve these goals," President Obama said in a written statement.

Continue reading:
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-collins9-2009jul09,0,7642590.story

Also see:
Sam Harris' review of Collins' book The Language of God.

TAGGED: POLITICS, SCIENCE


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