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Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life

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J. Craig Venter


“A dispatch from the front, urgent and engaged, as only a participant could write it, and the best of its genre since James D. Watson’s The Double Helix’ — Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University


“A guide to the future of life from one of the scientists helping to create it’ — Washington Post


In his characteristically brash, lively book, Craig Venter gives us nature-as-computer… His vision is to code, debug and compile synthetic organisms that will make us and our environment healthier, more harmonious, better’ — Nathaniel Comfort, Nature


‘A landmark account’ — George Dyson, author of Turing’s Cathedral

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The renowned scientist and author of “A Life Decoded” examines the creation of life in the new field of synthetic genomics.
In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create synthetic life putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us to actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on human existence, including chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, environmental control, and possibly even our evolution.


In “Life at the Speed of Light,” Venter presents a fascinating and authoritative study of this emerging field from the inside detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. This scientific frontier provides an opportunity to ponder anew the age-old question What is life? and examine what we really mean by playing God. ” Life at the Speed of Light “is a landmark work, written by a visionary at the dawn of a new era of biological engineering.”


About the Author

DR. J. CRAIG VENTER is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his invaluable contributions in genomic research, most notably for the first sequencing and analysis of the human genome published in 2001 and the most recent and most complete sequencing of his diploid human genome in 2007.

He is Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO, Co-Chief Scientific Officer of Synthetic Genomics, Inc; as well as Founder, President and Chairman of the J. Craig Venter Institute. He was also the founder of Human Genome Sciences, Diversa Corporation and Celera Genomics. He and his teams have sequenced more than 300 organisms including human, fruit fly, mouse, rat, and dog as well as numerous microorganisms and plants.

Dr. Venter is also the key leader in the field of synthetic genomics. This work, trying to create the first synthetic genome, is leading to extraordinary advances in engineering microorganisms for many vital energy and environmental applications used at SGI. He is the author of more than 200 research articles and is among the most cited scientists in the world. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and scientific awards including the 2008 National Medal of Science. He is also a member of many prestigious scientific organizations including the National Academy of Sciences.


Book Specifications

Title: Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life
Author: J. Craig Venter
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Weight: 260g
Published Year: 2013
Publisher: Abacus
ISBN: 9780349139906
Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.1 x 12.9 cm
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