Short-listing Collins

Francis Collins is "the leading candidate" for the top National Institutes of Health post, according to Bloomberg News. Citing a source familiar with the selection process, the article adds that the screening process is in its final stages. Former NIH director Elias Zerhouni says that Collins has "done things many scientists wish they could do once in their lifetime, and he's done it repeatedly."

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