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Trump names HHS secretary

United States president-elect Donald Trump has said he will nominate congressman Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the National Institutes of Health.

Representative Price, Republican of Georgia, is chairman of the House budget committee. If confirmed by the Senate in 2017, his position at HHS would put him in charge not only of the NIH—the US’s largest funder of biomedical research—but of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

Price is best known for his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health insurance reforms and for his early support for Trump. He has few public positions on scientific research, but his record could give the NIH reasons for concern.

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