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episode 59 - J. Craig Venter - part 01

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Uploaded on Jun 15, 2011

One of the leading scientists of the 21st century, genomic pioneer J. Craig Venter astonished the world by publishing the first complete sequence of the human genome in 2001. In lay terms, he describes some of the robotics and high-end computing he used in his pathbreaking "shotgun" method of gene sequencing, which produced results at a pace many thought impossible. This shotgun method enabled him to complete the world's first sequencing of a living genome, a bacterium, in 1995. He discusses his 2007 autobiography, A Life Decoded: My Genome, My Life, and delves into the politics of research funding, the importance of challenging scientific dogmas, and his love of sailing. We are not, says, Venter, a genetically determined species; he states that genomes give probabilities of physical outcomes, not yes or no answers.

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