NEW YORK, March 16 (GenomeWeb News) - President Bush yesterday nominated Andrew von Eschenbach to head the US Food and Drug Administration, a potentially significant move for the genomics community because von Eschenbach has been an outspoken supporter of genomic-related technologies in drug discovery.

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