NIH Director Francis Collins

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Image of the dentate gyrus of the mouse hippocampus using Brainbow transgenes. This technology, developed by researchers at Harvard University, uses genetic methods to label individual nerve cells in different colors to identify and track axons and dendrites over long distances.

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NIH Director Francis Collins

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, joins Kojo in the studio.

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.

Guests

Francis Collins

Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH); author, "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief" and "The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine."

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