Molecular Biologist J. Craig Venter

He Feels the Need for Speed (on the Racetrack and in Science)

J. Craig Venter ITGR

In 2001, J. Craig Venter became the first scientist to sequence the human genome; most recently, he and his research team created the first self-replicating bacterial cell constructed entirely with synthetic DNA. Before participating in a discussion of how synthetic biology will change our lives, he talked in the Zócalo green room about his poodle Darwin, why he likes driving fast, and the strangest thing he’s been asked to synthesize (which was pretty darn strange).

More In: In the Green Room