If I could change the science system, my prescription for changing the whole thing would be organising it around big goals and building teams to do it.

Craig Venter

Craig Venter

Profession: Businessman
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

Every single cancer is a genetic disease. Not necessarily inherited from your parents, but it's genetic changes which cause cancer. So as we sequence the genomes of tumours and compare those to the sequence of patients, we're getting down to the fundamental basis of each individual person's cancer.

Early on, when you're working in a new area of science, you have to think about all the pitfalls and things that could lead you to believe that you had done something when you hadn't, and, even worse, leading others to believe it.

It appears that the human genome does indeed contain deserts, or large, gene-poor regions.

You'd need a very specialized electron microscope to get down to the level to actually see a single strand of DNA.

I hope I'll be remembered for my scientific contribution to understanding life and human life.

One of the things about genetics that has become clearer as we've done genomes - as we've worked our way through the evolutionary tree, including humans - is that we're probably much more genetic animals than we want to confess we are.

The trouble is the field of science, medicine, universities, biotech companies - you name it - have been so splintered, layers, sub-divided, hacked that people can spend their entire career studying one tiny little cog of life.

I think from my experience in war and life and science, it all has made me believe that we have one life on this planet.

That's the nice thing about the field of science - the test of time sorts out the truth.

I have a blend of klotho gene variants that have been linked with a lower risk for coronary artery disease and stroke and an advantage in longevity.

The gene 'klotho' was named after the Greek Fate purported to spin the thread of life, because it contributes to longevity.

We can now diagnose diseases that haven't even manifested in the patient, and may not until the fifth decade of life - if at all.

Intellectual property is a key aspect for economic development.

I see, in the future, bioengineered almost everything you can imagine that we use.