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Will Rogers Institute to Honor World's Leading Geneticist and Recent Medal of Freedom Recipient, Dr. Francis S. Collins For His Outstanding Contribution to Lung Research.
Date:11/27/2007

ians throughout the world."

As further testament to the importance of his work, on November 5, 2007 President George W. Bush presented Dr. Collins with the Medal of Freedom, one of the nation's highest civilian honors, for his contribution to genetic research. The Human Genome Project identified the genes in human DNA, stored the data and made it available for research. This project alone has revolutionized genetic research.

A native of the east coast, Dr. Collins studied chemistry at the University of Virginia (BS) and Yale University (PhD) and received his MD from the University of North Carolina. He undertook residency training in medicine at North Carolina before returning to Yale as a Fellow in Human Genetics from 1981 to 1984. Dr. Collins was appointed Director of the National Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health in 1993.

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