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Craig Venter: Joining 3.5 Billion Years of Microbial Invention

Synopsis
Video recording of a lecture given by Craig Venter in February 2008, sponsored by the Long Now Foundation. With his current series of breakthroughs in synthetic biology, Craig Venter and his team are not so much creating life as joining life. Reverse-engineering evolution’s long-refined tricks and subtleties at the molecular level is building humanity’s most powerful toolkit yet. Through shotgun-sequencing whole microbial populations ("metagenomics"), the domain of the organisms that rule the world is at last opening up. Genome synthesis will lead to major advances in biomedicine and in adjusting civilisation’s global energy metabolism.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2008
Subjects
Biology
Keywords
microbiology; molecular biology; gene synthesis; synthetic biology; metagenomics

Online availability

URI
http://wholeearthfilms.com/venter_craig.html
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
J. Craig Venter

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
109 minutes
Year
2010

Production Company

Name

Whole Earth Films

Email
info@wholeearthfilms.com
Web
http://wholeearthfilms.com/index.html External site opens in new window
Notes
A small, US-based independent film producer and distributor, specialising in documentary subjects involving science, nature and green politics. The collection mainly comprises a series of video recordings of lectures organised in conjunction with The Long Now Foundation, which developed the speakers programme as part of its philanthropic work. Free online viewing or sale on DVD via Amazon.com.

Distributor

Name

amazon.com

Web
http://www.amazon.com External site opens in new window

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