Ultimately, he was speaking about God:
For Collins, unravelling the human genome did not create a conflict in his mind. Instead, it allowed him to glimpse at the workings of God.Why is that (seemingly) so difficult for you to accept?
When you make a breakthrough it is a moment of scientific exhilaration because you have been on this search and seem to have found it, he said. But it is also a moment where I at least feel closeness to the creator in the sense of having now perceived something that no human knew before but God knew all along.
When you have for the first time in front of you this 3.1 billion-letter instruction book that conveys all kinds of information and all kinds of mystery about humankind, you cant survey that going through page after page without a sense of awe. I cant help but look at those pages and have a vague sense that this is giving me a glimpse of Gods mind.