Director Francis Collins and the NIH are undertaking several major initiatives, including imaging the brain, developing a universal flu vaccine, and advancing personalized medicine. But Dr. Collins warns the sequester's across-the-board cuts threaten these and other crucial public-health programs and preparedness. Prior to heading the NIH, he led the Human Genome Project in mapping the sequence of human genes. He also explores the relationship between religion and science in several bestselling books. NIH Director Francis Collins joins us in studio.
NIH Director Plays "The Sequester Blues"
The song was written for the winner of the first annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Ruslan M. Medzhitov, for his ground-breaking work exploring the immune system.
Why It's So Hard For Scientists To Believe In God
Some scientists see religion as a threat to the scientific method that should be resisted. But faith "is really asking a different set of questions," says NIH Director Francis Collins.
D.C.'s statehood activists rally while the Council opens debate on a state constitution. An appeals court reviews Virginia's voter ID law. And Prince George's County contends with a spate of incidents involving sexual abuse of school kids.
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