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J. CRAIG VENTER is best known for sequencing the human genome. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to genomic research. He is also the founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics, Inc., as well as the author of A Life Decoded. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the 2008 United States National Medal of Science, and twice been named one Time's 100 most influential people.
In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create 'synthetic life' -- putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us to actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on human existence, including chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, environmental control, and possibly even our evolution. In Life at the Speed of Light, Venter presents a fascinating and authoritative study of this emerging field from the inside -- detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. This scientific frontier provides an opportunity to ponder anew the age-old question 'What is life?' and examine what we really mean by 'playing God'. Life at the Speed of Light is a landmark work, written by a visionary at the dawn of a new era of biological engineering.
Mussen wir unser Verstandnis von "e;Leben"e; neu denken?Der bekannte Genetiker J. Craig Venter schafft es immer wieder in die Schlagzeilen: Nachdem er als Erster das menschliche Genom entzifferte, hat er jetzt als Erster einen kunstlichen Organismus erschaffen. In seinem Buch erzahlt er nun packend und anschaulich von den Ruckschlagen und revolutionaren Entdeckungen seiner Forschung. Gleichzeitig zeigt er, was die gegenwartige Biologie kann und die zukunftige konnen wird: Sequenz fur Sequenz passgenaue Organismen herstellen, die Geninformation "e;beamen"e;, Modellzellen programmieren, mit denen man Versuche am Computer durchfuhren kann, sowie neuartige Medikamente erstellen und mit Lichtgeschwindigkeit auf der Welt verteilen. Ein Bericht von der vordersten Front der Wissenschaft und ein so faszinierender wie nachdenklich stimmender Einblick in die neue Welt der synthetischen Biologie.
Craig Venter is no ordinary scientist, and no ordinary man. He is the first human being ever to read their own DNA - and see the key to life itself. Yet in doing so, he rocked the establishment and became embroiled in one of the biggest controversies of our age. This is the story of his incredible life: from teenage rebel and Vietnam medic, to daredevil sailor and maverick researcher, whose race to unravel the sequence of the human genome made him both hero and pariah. Incorporating his own genetic make-up into his story, this is an electrifying portrait of a man who pushed back the boundaries of the possible.