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Senate Confirms Collins as Head of NIH

(RNS) The Senate on Friday (Aug. 7) confirmed Francis Collins, a geneticist known for his role in decoding the human genome and dedication to bridging the gap between religion and science, as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Friday that Collins was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.
“Dr. Collins will be an outstanding leader,” Sebelius said in a statement. “Today is an exciting day for NIH and for science in this country.”
Collins, an evangelical Christian, authored the best-selling book “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief,” and established the BioLogos Foundation to promote harmony between Christian faith and scientific discovery.
By S.J. Velasquez
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  • pagansister

    Should be interesting. We’ll see if he can really mix his Christianity and the needs of progress through science.

  • nnmns

    Yes, let’s keep our fingers crossed that he can do his job.

  • Heretic_for_Christ

    I have confidence he can and will do his job well, because he takes his religion seriously but not fanatically. Except where fanaticism grows, cancerlike, there is no conflict between science and faith. The notion that there is a conflict reflects the degree to which religion in America has become dominated by fanatics.

  • just_me

    A former atheist, a scientist…and he’s a pretty good guitar player, too! I’d say he’s perfect for the job.

  • Henrietta22

    President Obama made a wise choice.

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