Obama taps Genome Project's Collins to head NIH


Barryl (July 10, 2009, 14:19:39 PM):
Obama taps Genome Project's Collins to head NIH

President Obama is choosing an influential scientist who helped unravel the human genetic code - and is known for finding common ground between belief in God and science - to head the National Institutes of Health.

Obama called Dr. Francis Collins "one of the top scientists in the world" in announcing his nomination Wednesday.

"His groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease," Obama said.

The NIH is the nation's premier medical research agency, directing $29.5 billion per year to spur innovative science that leads to better health. Collins, an early gene-hunter, would come to the job not just with the scientific credentials, but with a reputation for translating the complexities of DNA into language the everyday American can understand.

The folksy Collins led the Human Genome Project that, along with a competing private company, mapped the genetic code - or, as he famously called it, "the book of human life."

"It is humbling for me, and awe-inspiring, to realize that we have caught the first glimpse of our own instruction book, previously known only to God," he said at a 2000 White House ceremony marking release of the genome's first draft.

For that work, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award. But he may be more widely known for his 2007 best-selling book, "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief."



cyghost (July 17, 2009, 13:54:25 PM):
It is not a bad book. The title contains a lie and his 'evidence' for God, isn't.

But his science is impeccable and he blows creationsits out of the water. How he manages the dissonace, I do not know but by all reports, for him, it doesn't mix.


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