of DNA project to speak at Finals
Francis S. Collins, the physician-geneticist who heads the international
Human Genome Project, will speak at Final
Exercises on May 20.
1970 graduate of U.Va. and director of the National Institutes
of Healths National Human Genome Research Institute, Collins
oversees the 13-year, publicly funded research effort to map and
sequence all of the human DNA genetic code, a project that has
been called the most important scientific undertaking of our era.
Its aim is to help understand the basis of genetic diseases and
gain insight into human evolution.
on a small farm near Staunton and home-schooled until the sixth
grade, Collins entered U.Va. at age 16 and received his undergraduate
degree in chemistry. His accomplishments have brought numerous
honors. Earlier this year, he was named a Virginia Outstanding
Scientist of the Year.