Riding the Dna Trail

Francis Collins leads an international drive to track down all the genes and take their measure

Dr. Francis Collins may not have been ready for Saturday Night Live, much less prime time, but the University of Michigan students screamed with laughter all the same. As the last class of the semester was ending, the 43- year-old geneticist slipped an acoustic guitar from its battered case and in a reedy tenor began warbling lyrics of his own invention to the tune of one of Frank Sinatra's enduring hits. "So start today," Collins crooned into a microphone. "Love DNA, and do it ouuuuurrr way." The star of this spoof stood 6 ft. 4 in. tall. He wore cowboy boots...

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