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Francis Collins

“Genomics now drives so many of the exciting opportunities in science. We have a window into what’s happening inside any living thing, and that is unprecedented.”

Physician and geneticist Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, oversaw the sequencing of the human genome as director of the Human Genome Project (1993–2008). Dedicated to using research to combat disease, he helped identify the genetic causes of cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, and Huntington’s disease.