Sorting through all the mail that accummulated while I was in SanFran I came across Newsweek; Lisa Miller writes about Francis Collins' nomination for NIH director - which is in a holding pattern waiting for the Senate Health Committee to recognize that it really can do more than one thing at a time.
I had the pleasure of meeting Francis (it seems he wants everyone to call him by his first name) at a hootenany that took place at the annual Genetic Alliance meeting. Yes, he is "born again" and I am not but no mattter. I would urge all of us to do what we can to speed his nomination along;while I may not agree with everything and everyone at Sloan Kettering, I do agree with what Harold Varmus (Sloan's director and a member of the selection process))said about Dr. Collins. Other NIH positions as well as NCI positions need to be filled as quickly as possible - approving Francis Collins is step number one on the road to personalized medicine