If you had led a team that sequenced the human genome, then became the world’s first biotechnology billionaire (on paper, at least), and had just finished sailing around the world on your own 95-foot yacht, what would you do next? How about creating life from scratch, saving the Earth from global warming and, as a by-product, ending western dependence on imported energy?
That’s what Craig Venter, the scientist whose private company raced the rest of the world to sequence the human genome, is apparently up to—and I’ve come to meet him in his London hotel to hear more. If the…
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