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(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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