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National Institutes of Health Boss Urges Americans To Believe Science

“Francis Collins, a devout Christian, said he’s worried about political polarization and a growing disregard for science during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, is decrying the political polarization that has led some Americans to question the science behind climate change and COVID-19.

Collins, who led the Human Genome Project that mapped human DNA, urged Americans to renew their commitment to “truth and reason” while accepting the 2020 Templeton Prize, one of the world’s top religious awards, on Thursday.

“Of all the developments that cause me concern over the past few years, none is greater than the growing disregard of maintaining a high standard of objective truth,” said the 70-year-old geneticist and devout Christian, who received the award for demonstrating how science and faith are compatible.”

Carol Kuruvilla reports for HuffPost September 29, 2020.