Genomics is playing a huge role in the development of drugs and medicines used to treat cancer. Being able to define and identify one marker, one gene and modify how it reacts is the real basic simple explanation as to how this works. With Mr. Collins at the helm, genomics will certainly be in the forefront and focused when it comes to furthering efforts with personalized medicine and mesh the for profit and non profit efforts for a unified department. BD
Francis Collins former head of the National Human Genome Research Institute Said to be the Top Candidate to run the NIH
President Barack Obama on 8 July nominated physician and geneticist Francis Collins as the next director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Collins, 59, steered the public effort to sequence the human genome, racing the privately-funded team spearheaded by J. Craig Venter to a history-making tie in 2000, when both teams were lauded at the White House for completion of a 'rough draft' of the genome. For 15 years, until last year, he oversaw the NIH's genomics efforts, directing the National Center for Human Genome Research in Bethesda, Maryland, which in 1997 became the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).