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Francis Collins Nominated to be NIH’s Next Director

NIH LogoOver to you, White House press release:

“President Obama said, ‘The National Institutes of Health stands as a model when it comes to science and research. 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. Dr. Collins is one of the top scientists in the world, and his groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease. I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.'”

Bonus: See this very well-timed (if not very optimistic) piece in Nature News today on the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the CF gene (by Collins and Lap-Chee Tsui, the latter then at Sick Kids in Toronto).

Bonus #2 — Three Degrees of Francis Collins: I did my Ph.D. in Doug Bishop’s lab. Doug did his post-doc in Nancy Kleckner’s lab. Nancy and Francis Collins were elected to the National Academy of Sciences together in 1993. Ta da! Your turn…

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Wednesday Brain Dump: February 18, 2009

Good thing I waited until evening, because this week’s post is mammoth.  Funny, right?  So funny, this post may go viral…

And on the topic of vaccines, the U.S. vaccine court issued three different rulings on a group of vaccine-autism claims, and didn’t mince words.  The three Special Masters found the claims “speculative and unpersuasive,” “overwhelmingly contrary” to the evidence and relying on “scientifically flawed or unreliable articles”, respectively.

Last but not least, a few viruses turned up in new and interesting places:

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