Craig's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Original Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Washington, DC

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: The Original Roadtrip

  • ON DVD:

    The Open Road

CRAIG VENTER

Scientist/Founder
The Institute for Genomic Research

“I've never been influenced that much about other people's comments or goals; I work hard to make up my own mind with as much information as I can get.”

INTERESTS:

Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Conflict Education Focus Individualism

TAGS:

contributing, human genome, influence

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Craig Venter wasn't interested in science in school; in fact, he wasn't interested in school at all. After barely making it through high school and after deployment to Vietnam, Craig returned to school to study biology, pharmacology, and physiology, eventually graduating from the University of California, San Diego with his PhD. After teaching for a while, he worked at the National Institutes of Health before forming his own biomedical companies. In 1998, Venter and his colleagues at Celera Genomics, one of his companies, decoded the genome of a fruit fly. Soon after, in 2001, Venter and his team announced that they had decoded and sequenced the entire human genome. Venter continues to work in genetics, managing a non-profit organization and commercial biomedical companies.

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