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Craig Venter

Moonshots - A Call to Action to Meet the World's Greatest Challenges

Jack Hidary | Posted 02.18.2015 | Technology
Jack Hidary

As a species, we face a range of challenges that pose threats to our survival. When we analyze the fall of major civilizations of the past it was not war but more often environmental and resource implosion which did them in.

Hooray for Craig

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.06.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

For all the high-fiving, grand envisioning and lavish investing in organizations like Google's Calico and Human Longevity -- which is building the world's largest DNA sequencing operation -- one fundamental question remains: What's the agenda?

'It Is Up To Us To Destroy Or Save The Planet': A New Phase Of Evolution

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

Biological evolution has taken 3.5 or 4 billion years to get us where we are. The adaption of our species to the social environment -- social evolution -- has been must faster. Now that we can read and write the genetic code, put it in digital form and translate it back into synthesized life, it will be possible to speed up biological evolution to the pace of social evolution.

To Succeed in the 21st Century, Leaders Need to Apply 'Exponential Thinking'

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
Kay Koplovitz

Exposing leaders in industry and innovation to understand the great potential we have at our command today is critical to their mission to improve the human conditions for the 7.2 billion people on earth.

Maverick Scientist Eyes 'Biological Teleporter' On Mars

Posted 10.20.2012 | Science

By: TechNewsDaily Staff Published: 10/19/2012 01:54 PM EDT on TechNewsDaily Scientific maverick J. Craig Venter says he is confident there is life...

An Education in Creative Courage

Thomas Fisher | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Thomas Fisher

See the WWW Conference as an educational wake-up call. School should be about equipping students not just with the skills, but also with the self-confidence to pursue their passions, regardless of what others may think.

Cara Santa Maria

What Is Life?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.20.2012 | Science

What is life? It's a deceptively simple question. Philosophers and scientists have pondered it for millennia, and they have yet to settle on a satisfa...

Programming the Code: J. Craig Venter Talks Building DNA (And Organisms) From Scratch... And I Have Questions!

Peter Byck | Posted 08.08.2012 | Science
Peter Byck

He said they can take a full DNA sequence, place it into an organism's cell, like an algae cell, and then the new code takes over and erases the natural, original DNA, and the cell becomes the programmed DNA's entity. But why wouldn't the cell fight off the new DNA as if it were a virus?

Big Pharma Company Battles To Buy Gene Science Firm

Reuters | Ben Hirschler | Posted 06.25.2012 | Science

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday its $2.6 billion bid for long-time partner Human Genome...

Historians, Artist Get Prestigious Award

AP | Posted 03.01.2012 | Home

TEL AVIV, Israel -- South African artist William Kentridge, British historian Sir Martin Gilbert and American scientist David Botstein are among the w...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Prejudice In The Brain: Can You Break Your Biased Habits?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.10.2012 | Science

2012-01-10-Screenshot20120110at10.39.16AM.pngHow do we choose who to call a friend? An enemy?

Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated

Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Cara Santa Maria

Why, if a free flu vaccination is offered to you only steps from your desk, would you opt not to partake? It's time to cut down the myths.

Tom Friedman and Steve Jobs: Situational Versus Sustainable Values

Brent Green | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty
Brent Green

We may be experiencing difficult times, but our problems run deeper and wider than the actions or non-actions of a single generation.

Literature Leaps into the 22nd Century, Lands Awkwardly

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

As scientists improve their ability to manipulate the genome, will a market might emerge for people who want to imprint quotes into their own DNA, or even their children's, as a sort of genetic tattoo?

The Presidential Commission and Synthetic Biology

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Rugnetta

The promise of the field of synbio as a whole is that scientists will be able to employ this type of genome synthesis to create customized life forms for a wide array of purposes. The peril is exactly the same as the promise.

Creating "Synthetic" Life

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

Once scientists become nimble at synthesizing the human genome, will they use that technology wisely? Who decides how and when the technology should be employed? And how can those decisions be enforced?

Venters Not the First to Invent Synthetic Life

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

J. Craig Venters's seriously overreached when he claimed last week that his lab was the first to create synthetic life. Television has been creating synthetic life on a massive scale for decades and video games have been doing it for years.

Wind, Meet Whirlwind

David Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Horton

The idea that an invented species, alien to all environments, can be casually introduced in large numbers to, say, clean up an oil spill, without any unintended consequences flies in the face of hundreds of years of experiments.

Venter's Celebrity Bacterium: The Faucet Drip That Would Be a Monsoon

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The Craig Venter endeavor was expensive, glitzy -- and banal. My advice to bioethicists is to save their energy for truly fearsome items.

Top 10 Medical Events Of The Decade

Dr. Dean Ornish | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Dean Ornish

In writing about the top 10 medical events of the decade, I first began writing about the latest high-tech breakthroughs in genomics, stem cell research, angiogenesis, and so on.

Daily Mail: Artificial Life Will Be Created "Within Months" As Genome Experts Claim Vital Breakthrough

The Daily Mail | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Artificial life will be made to order in the laboratory within four months, a controversial biologist has claimed. U.S genome expert Craig Venter, sa...

Craig Venter Wants To Brew Fuel From CO2

Treehugger.com | Jeremy Elton Jacquot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This week's issue of Newsweek features an interview with Craig Venter, the "bad boy" of science whose work developing new bacterial strains capable of...