In order to take advantage of the "recent deluge of discoveries about the molecular pathogenesis of disease," Francis Collins tells Nature News he supports the National Institutes of Health's Scientific Management Review Board proposal to create a National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. When it comes to advancing basic research discoveries to the clinic, Collins says he's "a guy in a hurry."

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