President Obama To Name Gene Guru Francis Collins NIH Chief

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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President Barack Obama will nominate gene guru Dr. Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health.

An administration official says Collins, arguably the nation's most influential geneticist, is the president's soon-to-be-announced pick. The official spoke on condition of anonymity pending the formal announcement.

The folksy Collins helped lead the breakthrough unraveling of the human genetic code, famously calling it "the book of human life."

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