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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Francis Collins will take the reins as director of the National Institutes of Health after the US Senate today confirmed him for the post.

In a statement, Kathleen Sebelius, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, called Collins "one of our generation's great scientific leaders."

Collins was director of the National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 to 2008 and led the international Human Genome Project.

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