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A Kaiser Health News reporter recently spoke with Francis Collins about comparative effectiveness research, the National Institutes of Health, and how they "'should be right in the middle' of the conversation about an overhaul of the nation's health system." In a Q&A style interview, Collins addressed questions about the future intersection of personalized medicine and comparative effectiveness research as proposed by President Obama.

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