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Francis Collins: On Recruiting Varmus, Discovering Drugs, the Funding Cliff

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Science  28 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5982, pp. 1090-1091
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5982.1090

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He may be working a 100-hour week, but human geneticist Francis Collins is clearly enjoying running the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since he began last August, he has pushed out the door the $10.4 billion that NIH got in last year's stimulus package, fleshed out five strategic themes for NIH, and put his stamp on the president's proposed 2011 budget. Last week in an interview at NIH with several Science staffers, Collins discussed NIH's budget prospects for next year and spoke of his role in luring former NIH director Harold Varmus back to Bethesda to head the National Cancer Institute.