NIH Director Rumor Reaches Fever Pitch

The biomedical research community was buzzing Friday with a rumor that the White House would nominate geneticist Francis Collins that afternoon to head the National Institutes of Health. That did not happen, but Bloomberg later ran a story saying that according to "a source familiar with the selection process," Collins is the leading contender and that vetting "is in the final stages." For months, Collins has been rumored to be on the top candidate to head NIH (see here and here). Sources suggest that the announcement will be made this week.