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Art Imitates Life: The Dance of DNA, Decoding & Doctoring

From: Public Affairs

The human genome could be considered the most complex code ever cracked. And the secrets contained within may revolutionize our lives. From curing disease to developing new energies, virtually no one will be untouched by the knowledge gained from the work of the Human Genome Project that identified and mapped the more than 20,000 genes of the human genome.

James Madison University will host the director of the National Institutes of Health and former director of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Francis Collins, on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. Collins will deliver a lecture titled “Art Imitates Life: The Dance of DNA, Decoding & Doctoring.”

Collins’ lecture is part of a year long series at the university of integrated arts and sciences events focusing on the study of the genome.

Collins was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2007 and the National Medal of Science in 2009. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Collins to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

A Staunton native who attended Robert E. Lee High School, Collins received a B.S. from the University of Virginia, an M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University and an M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Collins’ lecture is open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow seating will be available.

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Jan. 19, 2011