Even though people pretend that medical records are privileged information, anyone can already get their hands on them.

Craig Venter

Craig Venter

Profession: Businessman
Nationality: American

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I willed myself through a junior college to a university and, ultimately, a Ph.D.

There's a lot of what I call 'bio-babble' and hype out there from a lot of bioenergy companies.

I naively thought that we could have a molecular definition for life, come up with a set of genes that would minimally define life. Nature just refuses to be so easily quantified.

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.

Genomics are about individuals. It's about what's specific to you, not your siblings, not your parents - each of us is totally unique. We will only see that uniqueness by drilling down to the genetic code.

A doctor can save maybe a few hundred lives in a lifetime. A researcher can save the whole world.

Intellectual property is a key aspect for economic development.

We have 100 genes or so, which we know we can't knock out without killing the cell, that are of unknown structure.

We all evolved out of the same three or four groups in Africa, as black Africans.

In a biological system, the software builds its own hardware, but design is critical, and if you start with digital information, it has to be really accurate.

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.

I thought we'd just sequence the genome once and that would be sufficient for most things in people's lifetimes. Now we're seeing how changeable and adaptable it is, which is why we're surviving and evolving as a species.

The Vietnam War totally turned my life around. Some people's lives were eliminated or destroyed by the experience. I was one of the fortunate few who came out better off.

I don't see any absolute biological limit on human age.