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Former NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks in a hearing

U.S. could see 1 million cases per day, warns departing NIH director Francis Collins

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — After spending more than 12 years as director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins is retiring this weekend. But he’s no less worried about the public health agency’s latest pandemic curveball. As the omicron variant threatens record-breaking rates of infections in the U.S., Collins departs with a warning…. Read More

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins speaks into a podium microphone

The NIH director on why Americans aren’t getting healthier, despite medical advances

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — It’s Dr. Francis Collins’ last few weeks as director of the National Institutes of Health after 12 years, serving under three presidents. Collins made his name doing the kind of biomedical research NIH is famous for, especially running The Human Genome Project, which fully sequenced the human genetic code. The focus… Read More