Craig Venter - The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Uncut Interviews - Richard Dawkins
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Uploaded on Jun 30, 2009
Richard Dawkins interviews Craig Venter for "The Genius of Charles Darwin", the Channel 4 UK TV program which won British Broadcasting Awards' "Best Documentary Series" of 2008. Craig Venter founded The Institute for Genomic Research and has been credited with being instrumental in mapping the human genome. His team published the first complete genome of an individual human - Venter's own DNA sequence.
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This footage was shot with the intention of editing for a television program. What you see here is the full extended interview, which includes a lot of rough camera transitions that were edited out of the final program (along with a lot of content).
Craig Venter was at Ground Zero after 911 to help identify the Victims.
A clip from The Scientist Magazine;
It wasn't easy getting to the 4th International Meeting on Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Complex Genome Analysis held Oct. 10-15 at the Wenner-Gren Foundation in Stockholm. A week earlier, as flight cancellations continued in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, SwissAir had declared bankruptcy and an SAS jet had crashed in Milan, further disrupting schedules. So it was little surprise that several speakers had to phone in their talks. But not J. Craig Venter, president and chief sc
By Ricki Lewis | November 26, 2001
Venter, uncharacteristically silent, showed a series of photographs taken at "Ground Zero," where recovery work proceeded at the destroyed World Trade Center site in New York City. Head bowed, the silence grew uncomfortably long. Finally, in a barely perceptible voice, the man whom the press once compared to Darth Vader described the slides behind him that he would not face. "These are difficult slides for me to look at, and they should be for you, too. I was there last week. The forensics officials asked Celera to help with the sequencing, to use our high-throughput methods to help identify remains for the families. So I took these photos." Celera is sequencing mitochondrial DNA from tissues that have survived weeks of the persistent inferno, such as teeth and bone, to complement DNA typing being done on other tissues at Myriad Genetics Corp. in Salt Lake City. After more silence, Venter collected himself and said, "I never, ever thought we would have to do DNA forensics at this level, and for this reason."
It was a rare glimpse of humanity in the man who has sequenced the most genomes.
Ricki Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a contributing editor for The Scientist.
Lord Byron's first edition presentation copy of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Craig once said, when confronted with the Frankenstein aspect of his research, " I have a first edition of Mary Shelley's book."
Published on Sep 18, 2012
Peter Harrington unveils the first edition presentation copy of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), given by her to Lord Byron, with her autograph inscription on the front flyleaf.