Senate Confirms Faith-Filled Scientist as New NIH Director

Senate Confirms Faith-Filled Scientist as New NIH Director

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francis_collins-genome.jpgIn a unanimous vote, the Senate on Friday confirmed Dr. Francis Collins, a scientist who helped unravel the human genetic code, as director of the National Institutes of Health. (USA Today)

Collins may be most widely known for his 2007 best-selling book, “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.” The book examines and rejects creationism and intelligent design, in favor of theistic evolution, and describes scientific discovery an “opportunity to worship.”

Collins led the Human Genome Project that mapped the genetic code and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award.  Collins’s commitment to free, rapid access to genomic information helped to make all data immediately available to the worldwide scientific community, according to Wikipedia.

Watch this charming YouTube video of Dr. Collins singing his message to graduating college students at the University of Michigan.

(Thanks to G. Davenport for submitting the link!)

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