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NIH Director Francis Collins

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.

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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.

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