J. Craig Venter

Arguably the best-known graduate of UC San Diego, scientist and visionary J. Craig Venter marks the release of his latest book with a rare forum for public interaction Monday, Oct. 28, at UC San Diego’s Price Center East Ballroom at 7 pm.

Venter’s book, “Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life,” examines the creation of life within the field of synthetic genomics.

Free and open to the public, the session is presented by UC San Diego Extension as part of the Helen Edison Lecture Series. No tickets or reservations are required.

Venter, who turns 67 this month, earned a BS degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology from UC San Diego. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading biogeneticists, led by his team’s unraveling of genome sequencing and the creation of “synthetic life.”

Moderator Roger Bingham, a UC San Diego neurobiologist and director/co-founder of The Science Network, will interview Venter for 50 minutes, followed by a 15-20 minute Q&A session.

In every-day language, Venter’s discoveries seek to answer the age-old question of “What is life?”

This man is worth listening to. Come for an informative evening:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/15/j-craig-venter-at-UCSD/

Regarding parking: Use the Gilman Parking Structure at the intersection of Gilman Drive and Villa La Jolla Drive. Parking is $4.00 after 4:30 pm.  MAP

The Price Center is home to numerous small eateries on the first floor. RESTAURANTS

Interested in buying his book? Initiate your purchase the Amazon link on our website and HFSD earns a percentage of the sale. www.HFSD.info  Save the link to your bookmarks and use it every time you shop. Any product qualifies... not just books.

After the event we will be going to Rock Bottom to continue the discussion!!


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  • Dan F.

    Interesting and thought provoking discussion. Could've used a bigger room to accommodate the SRO crowd.

    October 29, 2013

  • Ed S.

    This should be an interesting talk. I think he will cover the experiment in which his group replaced the DNA of a bacterium from one species with synthetic DNA derived from the sequence of the DNA of a bacterium from another species. The resulting bacterium grew and had characteristics that were conferred by the synthetic DNA. I like this experiment because it causes problems for the adherents of both Creationism and Vitalism, two of the leading anti-science ideologies of our time. Unfortunately, the experiment will not change the minds of people committed to those ideologies but it might make some people think.

    1 · October 24, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      Hi... I'll look for you at the event!

      October 25, 2013

    • Ed S.

      I enjoyed Venter's remark: "If you want intelligent design, look to the future not the past."

      October 28, 2013

  • Mike

    I'm in Vista. If anyone in north county wants to carpool, let me know.

    October 25, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      Mike... not sure she's interested in this event, but your offer reminded me that jenelle kelley needs a ride to Sunday Assembly. Here is the note she left:
      Hi everyone, is there anyone in the vista area that i can ride with to the event? I would be happy to chip in for gasoline. I don't have a car, so getting there will take me a very long time by bus. I...

      October 25, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      Oops... hit return. I didn't know if you were planning on attending Sunday Assembly on Nov. 9th, but I didn't want to leave Jenelle out in the cold, but I'm no where near Vista! Thanks. Debbie

      October 25, 2013

  • Mike

    One of the great minds of our time. His autobiography, 'A Life Decoded', was a great read!

    1 · October 21, 2013

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