by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted July 16, 2007 in DNA Podcasts and Videos, Personalities with DNA
What pops into your head when you think of J. Craig Venter? Did you know he is one of the best known scientists and frontmen of the genome revolution? Unfortunately, he’s experiencing a bit of bad press lately.
In the latest issue of Forbes, Matthew Herper focuses on Venter for Hype in The Genes, saying Venter aims “impossibly high” and calling him the “Bono of genetics.” Venter is also said to “warp the reality field around genetic research through sheer force of ego and showmanship.” Herper goes on to detail the very many relationships that have soured for Venter, including his own marriage to Claire Fraser-Leggitt. Basically, everybody hates him.
Have you ever met J. Craig Venter or seen him in person? What’s he like?
More about J. Craig Venter:
A profile of Svante Paabo by J. Craig Venter written for The Time 100 Scientists & Thinkers.
A profile of Venter himself by Jean-Michel Cousteau for the same Time 100 special feature.
More about Craig Venter in The Genome War by James Shreeve.
Craig Venter’s memoirs–A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life–will be released in October.
Craig Venter’s answer to The Edge World Question Center’s question of the year in 2006 – What is your dangerous idea?:
“Revealing the genetic basis of personality and behavior will create societal conflicts.”
A video of Craig Venter on The Colbert Show.
More on Dr. J. Craig Venter’s Fabulous Genome...
The Genographic Project’s Dr. Spencer Wells on Colbert Report...
The Rough Guide to Genes & Cloning...
Craig Venter on the Sinfest Forum...
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DNA Video: Craig Venter on the Charlie Rose Show...
DNA Video: Craig Venter at Google...
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