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2013 Featured Talks » Genomics and Engineering Life



Genomics and Engineering Life


J. Craig Venter, PhD, J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI)

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J. Craig Venter, PhD, is a biologist renowned for his contributions in sequencing the first draft human genome in 2001, the first complete diploid human genome in 2007 and construction of the first synthetic bacterial cell in 2010. He is founder, chairman and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and founder and CEO of the company, Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI). He and his teams are focused on a variety of projects and programs including : synthetic genomic research and the application of these advances to develop new biofuels, vaccines and food and nutritional products; continued analysis of the human genome including the human microbiome, and discovering and understanding genetic diversity in the world's oceans. Dr. Venter is a recipient of the 2008 National Medal of Science and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life (Viking, 2007).