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NIH director nominee is Francis Collins

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Physician-geneticist Francis S. Collins, President Obama's choice to direct the National Institutes of Health, is an expert on and ambitious proponent of personalized medicine, as showcased by his latest book, The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine (due to be published in 2010). Collins directed NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993-2008, which resulted in the mapping of the human genome and helped usher in the era of personalized medicine. In that role, Collins "consistently met projected milestones ahead of schedule and under budget," the White House notes in a July 8 statement. AdvaMed applauded the nomination, noting the central role of molecular diagnostic research in personalized medicine

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