Geneticist a leading candidate for NIH chief, source says

05/25/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Francis S. Collins, former chief of the National Human Genome Research Institute, is the top contender for NIH director, said a person familiar with the selection procedure. Collins, who headed the government's effort to map the human genome, is capable of "getting the best out of a huge enterprise," such as the NIH, said David Baltimore, a biology professor and Nobel Prize winner.

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