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.

Craig Venter

Craig Venter

Profession: Businessman
Nationality: American

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

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

The chemistry from compounds in the environment is orders of magnitude more complex than our best chemists can produce.

Fred Sanger was one of the most important scientists of the 20th century.

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

We have 200 trillion cells, and the outcome of each of them is almost 100 percent genetically determined. And that's what our experiment with the first synthetic genome proves, at least in the case of really simple bacteria. It's the interactions of all those separate genetic units that give us the physiology that we see.

Space X's Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars with modules where earthlings can live. My teleporting technology is the number one way those individuals will get new information, new treatments of diseases that will occur on the planet, and new food sources.

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

I think I've achieved some good things; doing the first genome in history - my team on that was phenomenal and all the things they pulled together; writing the first genome with a synthetic cell; my teams at the Venter Institute, Human Longevity, and before that Celera.

One of the challenges with a government health system, like in the UK, with all of this data, is that you have a government making decisions on which treatments they'll pay for and which ones they won't. That's a dangerous, dangerous, place to get into society.

Most people don't realize it, because they're invisible, but microbes make up about a half of the Earth's biomass, whereas all animals only make up about one one-thousandth of all the biomass.

There's not going to be any one replacement for oil: we need to have hundreds of solutions to this global issue.

Genes can't possibly explain all of what makes us what we are.

The Anthropocentic Age - the first age in which humankind is the dominant species on the planet - cuts both ways: it is up to us to destroy or save the planet. We certainly have the ability.