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Geneticist and physician Francis Collins wins £1.1 million from the Templeton Prize

Francis Collins is Director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and led the Human Genome Project to its successful completion in 2003. Throughout his career he has advocated for the integration of faith and reason. In his scientific leadership, public speaking and popular writing, including his bestselling book The Language of God (Simon and Schuster 2006), Collins has demonstrated how religious faith can motivate and inspire rigorous scientific research. ‘This book argues that belief in God can be an entirely rational choice,’ he writes in the introduction, ‘and that the principles of faith are, in fact, complementary with the principles of science.’ In the book, he endeavours to encourage religious communities to embrace the latest discoveries of genetics and the biomedical sciences as insights to enrich and enlarge their faith.

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