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A Government Niche for Translational Medicine and Drug Development

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Science  10 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6010, pp. 1462-1463
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6010.1462-b

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins has touched a nerve in the biomedical community with a plan to create a new center focused on translational science—his biggest initiative yet. Collins said this week that the center could be up and running a year from now, despite concerns about its cost, mission, and the fact that it could mean dismantling another NIH center.