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Researcher Dr. Francis Collins to Head NIH

A True Renaissance Man

Researcher Dr. Francis Collins was a prime mover in mapping the human genome. We talked with him about that effort, and his bountiful life, in October, 2007. In July, 2009 he was nominated by President Obama to be head of the National Institutes of Health.


  • In July, 2008, Dr. Collins won AARP's Andrus Award, named after the organization's founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.
  • At that time, AARP created a short film in tribute to Dr. Collins
  • Watch a segment about "Dr. DNA" from the "My Generation" television program

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