We've just heard that President Obama is about to announce Dr. Francis Collins as his pick to lead the National Institutes of Health. As we told you back in May, Collins was the leading candidate and screening was said to be in the final stages.
Now, according to the Associated Press:
An administration official says Collins, arguably the nation's most influential geneticist, is the president's soon-to-be-announced pick. The official spoke on condition of anonymity pending the formal announcement. The folksy Collins helped lead the breakthrough unraveling of the human genetic code, famously calling it "the book of human life."Collins—a familiar name to regular readers of this blog—is the former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute and most recently the founder of The BioLogos Foundation, which he launched in April to address the country's culture war between science and faith.
Stay tuned for the official announcement.