Dr. Collins Directs NIH

Dr. Francis Collins, who most famously sat at the helm of the Human Genome Project, has been confirmed by the Senate to direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Collins, both a physician and geneticist, directed the lab known most recently for discovering genes associated with type 2 diabetes. He and his staff also discovered the genes tied to other diseases and conditions, including cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease.

The NIH is a sister agency to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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