Staunton Man Receives National Award

Francis Collins, the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, was honored by President Bush with the Medal of Freedom. This award is the nation’s highest civilian award, and he was recognized for his work on the Human Genome Project.

Collins is a native of Staunton, and his research focuses on mapping human DNA sequences and determining the functions of individual genes.

Photo courtesy of Jim McCloskey at the Daily News Leader in Staunton, VA.

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