HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra visited NIH on Nov. 4 for the first time as head of the department. Accompanied by Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm and other HHS staff, he spent more than 2 hours touring a lab in the Clinical Center, meeting with top leadership, including NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, and getting briefings and a lab demonstration at the VRC.
Science and technology alone will not eradicate cancer, says VCU Massey Cancer Center director Dr. Robert Winn. At a recent NCI lecture, Winn discusses the impact of place and space and the need for more equitable health care delivery.
“Animal care workers make the NIH mission possible,” NIH director Dr. Francis Collins told attendees at a recent “Gratitude Tour” stop. He continued to express his appreciation for dedicated work over the last nearly 2 years under pandemic conditions.
A lot of people with disabilities are health care workers. And many more are waiting for a chance, said Ryann Mason during the NIH’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month keynote address. “Most individuals with disabilities are much more independent than people realize,” she said.
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Bacterial strains in the guts of humans and chimpanzees diverged and began to evolve separately 5 million years ago, and 15 million years ago in humans and gorillas. Humans and apes evolved into a new species at about the same time. A mutually beneficial relationship between gut bacteria and animal hosts may contribute to formation of a new species.