Francis S. Collins

Francis S. Collins is the current Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). He led the successful effort to complete Human Genome Project (HGP), a complex multidisciplinary scientific enterprise directed at mapping and sequencing all of the human DNA, and determining aspects of its function. A working draft of the human genome sequence was announced in June of 2000, an initial analysis was published in February of 2001, and a high-quality, reference sequence was completed in April 2003. From the outset, the project ran ahead of schedule and under budget, and all the data is now available to the scientific community without restrictions on access or use.

Dr. Collins received a B.S. from the University of Virginia, a PhD. in Physical Chemistry from Yale University, and an M.D. from the University of North Carolina. Following a fellowship in Human Genetics at Yale, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he remained until moving to NIH in 1993. His research has led to the identification of genetic variants associated with type 2 diabetes and the genes responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington's disease and Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. (Courtesy of the National Human Genome Research Institute)

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More to Read and View:

Excerpt from "The Language of God." From the ABC News Website.

Collins, Francis S. and Anna D. Barker. Mapping the Human Genome. Scientific American, March 2007.

Profile: Dr. Francis Collins. Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, July 21, 2006. An "online companion to the weekly television news program" on PBS. Includes a link to the video of the report.

Dr. Francis S. Collins Pt. 1/Pt. 2. The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, December 7, 2006. Dr. Collins was interviewed by Steven Colbert about his new book "The Language of God."

Francis Collins on "The Language of God." Fresh Air from WHYY, March 29, 2007. Dr. Collins interviewed by Terry Gross for National Public Radio.

Geneticist Dr. Francis S. Collins Shares Personal Journey of Science and Faith at AAAS. Includes links to audio and video of a presentation by Dr. Collins at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in May 2007.