The Scientist reports that the name being circulated as most likely to head the National Institutes of Health is Francis Collins.
Dr. Collins spearheaded the US government efforts to document the human genome. However, he’s just as well known for being not only a believer, but a Christian. He has told the story of his conversion in the face of the beauty of nature, in his book,The Language of God; A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.
Dr. Collins believes that the evidence is strong that the Earth is more than 6000 or so years old and that it looks as though the Creator used evolution to do His work. (You can imagine the shock when he gave his talk outlining his evidence at the Center for Humanity and Bioethics a few years ago.) He’s started an organization called “BioLogos.org,” to explore the interface of science and religion.