A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review. Developing a Fax Machine to Copy Life on Mars Why Craig Venter wants to put a DNA sequencing machine on Mars and how his “biological fax” could be useful here on Earth.—Susan Young, biomedicine editor
Last week I had the privilege of speaking with J. Craig Venter at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. Dr. Venter is a pioneer in biotech, from sequencing the Human Genome to creating a synthetic ...
Now Venter wants to convert DNA into a digital signal.
"Craig Venter says that 'life ultimately consists of DNA-driven biological machines. All living cells run on DNA software, which directs hundreds to thousands of protein robots.' The foregoing statement uses the telic language of exogenous design and operational complexity to...
“What is life?” asks Craig Venter, author of Life at the Speed of Light and one of the first to sequence the human genome and create the first cell with a synthetic genome: "Only three simple words, and yet out...
Over at Slate, Laura Helmuth has a piece accusing the National Institutes of and its director, Francis Collins, of essentially colluding with the Smithsonian Museum of American History to rewrite the story of how the first draft of the human genome was sequenced. In case you don’t remember, Collins led the Human Genome Project, backed [...]
Dr. J. Craig Venter, the scientist, entrepreneur and genomic pioneer, has often been accused of sensationalism in the past. Whether this is due to the intrinsically sensational nature of his accomplishments or the scale of claims on future work, remains to be seen. Show More Summary
In 2010, Craig Venter, who helped map the human genome, became the first to successfully create “synthetic life,” using chemicals and inserting DNA into the cell of a bacteria —putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting...
Adam Leith Gollner cracks open the history books: Each time technology attains a new paradigm, some of us start imagining we’ll live forever as a result. When Craig Venter created the first synthetic genome in 2010, newspapers claimed science had “officially replaced God.” After CERN’s particle accelerator seemingly established the existence of the Higgs boson in […]
The least efficient thing we do is feed cows grass, corn, water, to produce steaks. It’s not sustainable. I think technology can replace meat from animals. I have a name for our enterprise. It’s called “motherless meat” because vegans have a rule that if it has […]
Mike Magee In 2003, I was moderating a Q&A session with Craig Venter, the American biologist and entrepreneur of DNA mapping fame. On behalf of the audience, I asked him what percentage of the knowledge required to optimally care for human beings did we currently possess. His unhesitant response? “Less than one percent.” Over the [...]
In preparing for a rapid response to a new deadly outbreak of the flu, Craig Venter and his colleagues engineered the key part of a vaccine within hours of receiving the gene sequence of an unknown virus: The team took this information and used it to make DNA that contained both the gene sequences themselves […]
A $300 million project seems to have failed to produce a cheap way to make fuel from algae. In 2009, ExxonMobil announced that it would pay Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics up to $300 million to develop algae-based fuels.
We are close to creating artificial life from scratch, according to Human Genome scientist and genetic research trailblazer Craig Venter.
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Dr. J. Craig Venter thinks advanced biofuels are dead without a carbon tax. Would a carbon tax help level the playing field for renewable fuels?
“Fungal Christmas tree: Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus.” Scientists at the fungal research room at J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland grew some holiday-themed fungal creations. Show More Summary
Geneticist Craig Venter is working towards a future in which medicines and biological structures can be digitized, emailed, and built with a special device.
J. Craig Venter may have just started a race to discover alien life on the Red Planet. Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Photo via Shutterstock. Geneticist J. Craig Venter told attendees at the recent Wired Health Conference in New York City that his scientific team is working on what he calls “a 3D printer for DNA, a 3D printer for life.” Such a device—which Venter refers to as a “biological teleporter”—could be used to instantly produce vaccines, [...]