A blog post at Science reports that Francis Collins is widely considered the top contender for new director of the NIH under the Obama administration. "Collins, buttonholed today at a meeting of one of the Obama transition teams, answered 'no comment' when asked if he aspired to the post," the blog post says. GTO's fingers are crossed for you, Francis.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

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