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Human Genome News Archive Edition
Human Genome News, September-December 1995; 7(3-4):3
Francis Collins was appointed Director of the NIH National Center for Human Genome Research in 1993, following the resignation of James Watson. Collins was formerly at the University of Michigan, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, professor, and Director of the NCHGR-supported human genome center. In his accompanying article, Collins shares his thoughts on the Human Genome Project and its growing impact on the practice of medicine.
He received the B.S. degree from the University of Virginia, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry from Yale University, and M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Collins pioneered the development of a powerful gene-finding method known as "positional cloning," in which investigators localize a disease gene to a chromosomal subregion by studying the inheritance pattern of the disease within families. His group and others used this technique to isolate the genes for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis type 1, Huntington's disease, and ataxia telangiectasia.
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