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Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, announced in a statement last week that he will no longer participate in panels that are not diverse. Collins noted that women and members of underrepresented groups are “conspicuously missing” from high-level speaker slots and said that it is “time to end the tradition in science of all-male speaking panels, sometimes wryly referred to as ‘manels.’” This move by Collins was clever. He used his platform as the leader of…