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Collins Sparks Furor With Proposed NIH Reshuffling

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Science  28 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6016, pp. 386
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6016.386

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A plan to create a new center aimed at developing drugs at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has many biomedical researchers in an uproar. Since NIH Director Francis Collins endorsed the plan in mid-December, it has drawn a flood of concerned and sometimes angry comments, mainly because creating a new NIH center would entail breaking up another center. Questions last week from a congressional committee have cast uncertainty over Collins's plan to launch the new center by next October.