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"As somebody who is part of the executive branch and serving in this role which I can consider to be a great privilege, as director of NIH, I am confident that the convictions that are held by many Americans and by most members of the Congress, that biomedical research is one of most important investments that our government makes, will carry the day and that I think that there's no reason for people to commence hand-wringing by this unexpected turn of events."
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, at the offices of Scientific American and the Nature journals on November 14th. He was asked about the future of the NIH after the election and the inauguration of the new president on January 20th.
"I do think the case for what medical research is doing right now in terms of its advances in human health, its way of stimulating the economy—which is quite substantial—and it's achieving American leadership, which has made a big difference over the decades, is a sufficiently compelling case that people looking at the evidence all pretty much come to the conclusion that this is an area that we, if anything, ought to enhance and certainly not retrench."
"So I think the facts and the circumstances cause me to be quite confident that the area that I've had the privilege of representing will continue to do well, regardless of exactly what happens in the course of political events. You can watch and see if I turn out to be wrong, but that's my position and I'm sticking to it."
As for his own future:
"I have no idea. I am appointed by the president. I, like every other presidential appointee and Senate-confirmed person am required to submit a letter of resignation by December 7th, I will do that. The letter will say I am resigning effective January 20th. And until that moment it may not be that clear what happens next, my mind is pretty open to that. I'm actually kind of enjoying the ambiguity of not knowing what comes next. I will continue to oversee my research lab at NIH come what may. I run a lab of about 10 people...I have some incredibly gifted postdocs right now who are making major advances in diabetes and aging research. And I will continue to be their mentor and their research advisor as I have done for the past now 23 years since I've been at NIH. So at least that part of what happens after January 20th is clear. The rest—it's really not up to me."
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弗朗西斯·柯林斯是美国国立卫生研究院院长，他在11月14日来到《科学美国人和自然》期刊的办公室 。他被问到在美国新任总统于1月20日就职后美国国立卫生研究院的发展前景 。
“所以我认为事实和情况使我非常有信心，我有幸负责的领域将继续做得更好，无论在政治事件的过程中发生了什么 。你可以等着看我是否会被证明是错的，但这是我的立场，我坚持这个立场 。”
“我不知道 。我是由总统任命的，我和其他由总统任命、参议院确认提名的人一样，要在12月7日提交辞职信，我会提交辞职信 。信中会提到我的辞职将在1月20日生效 。在那一刻之前并不清楚接下来会发生什么，我对此持开放态度 。实际上我很享受这种不知道接下来会发生什么的模糊状态 。无论如何，我都将继续在美国国立卫生研究院监督我的研究实验室 。我负责的实验室约有10名成员……现在我的实验室里有几名极具天赋的博士后，他们在糖尿病和老龄化的研究方面取得了重大进展 。我将继续做他们的导师和研究顾问，这是过去23年来我在美国国立卫生研究院一直进行的工作 。所以，就1月20日之后会发生什么来说，至少这项工作是确定的 。至于其余的事情，真的不是我说了算的 。”
谢谢大家收听科学美国人——60秒科学 。我是史蒂夫·米尔斯基 。
1. in terms of 在…方面；从…角度看；根据…来说；
例句：Our boss thinks of everything in terms of money.
2. regardless of 不顾；不管；不论；
例句：They decorated the house regardless of cost.
3. stick to 遵守，坚持(诺言、协议、决定或原则等)；
例句：He sticks to his principles by forty.
4. come what may 不管怎样；无论如何；
例句：He promised to support her come what may.