NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Eric Green will take over the top post at the National Human Genome Research Institute, filling the role formerly held by National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and currently by Acting Director Alan Guttmacher.

Green, who currently is scientific director at NHGRI and director of the Division of Intramural Research, will take the helm at the institute on Dec. 1.

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