updated 9/13/2007 3:53:59 PM ET 2007-09-13T19:53:59

University of Colorado biochemistry professor Marvin Caruthers has donated $20 million to help build a new biotechnology facility on campus.

It is the largest donation ever by a faculty member, CU-Boulder Chancellor Bud Peterson said Tuesday.

The gift will go toward a $115 million research and teaching facility. It will be named after Caruthers' late wife, Jennie Smoly Caruthers, a former adjunct professor in CU's chemistry and biochemistry department.

Marvin Caruthers is a cofounder of the human therapeutics firm Amgen Inc. and of the biotechnology firm Applied Biosystems.

His lab developed methods needed to speed up the chemical synthesis of DNA. He won the National Medal of Science this summer for his work, which has enabled forensic "DNA fingerprinting," and the human genome project.

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