Lecture by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
In 2010, Dr. Venter and his team at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) successfully constructed the first “synthetic bacterial cell” putting humankind at the threshold of a new phase of biological research, one that is enabling us to go from reading the genetic code (sequencing genomes) to now writing the genetic code for designing new species. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on society, including new methods for chemical and energy production, human health and medical advances, clean water, and new food and nutritional products.
Dr. Venter, regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous pioneering advances in genomics, guided the 2014 lecture audience through this emerging field, detailing its origins, current challenges, and the potential positive advances.
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