Washington, DC - May 28, 2008 - It is no coincidence that Francis Collins’s tenure at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) marked one of the most extraordinary periods in modern science, and our nation was very fortunate to have a science leader who so skillfully combines both exceptional political acumen and great moral integrity. Certainly he will be remembered as the leader of NHGRI during a time of breathtaking scientific discovery, but science history may remember him more for changing how science is done. Francis is a tireless champion of data sharing and open access to scientific information, a sea change in the conduct of science that he fostered through the Human Genome Project. And no major funding agency has been so mindful of the potentially troubling ethical and social concerns raised by scientific advances as NHGRI under Francis Collins; his commitment to unraveling the myriad societal consequences of the Human Genome Project, at the same time that science was unraveling the genetic code itself, sets the standard for science and science policy for generations to come.
(Note: Hudson served as assistant director of the National Human Genome Research Institute from 1995-2002.)
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