In a whirlwind tour through UW Medicine’s research laboratories in South Lake Union, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), swung easily through a show-and-tell that ranged from a dish full of lab-created beating human heart cells to a gene-deletion step in deciphering how immune systems respond to scary viruses such as dengue and Ebola.

He and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray were in Seattle on Tuesday on a different mission: to impress upon everyone the seriousness of a potential budget crisis for NIH.

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