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NIH Director Francis Collins got ahead of himself this week when he sent his staff a memo announcing the official creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. As it turns out, however, Collins had to retract the email an hour after sending it when he was told that President Barack Obama hadn't yet signed off on the bill.

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