Craig's Open Road
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The Original Roadtrip
Public Television: The Original Roadtrip
The Institute for Genomic Research
contributing, human genome, influence
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.