Life at the Speed of Light
October 21, 2013
In 2000, geneticist J. Craig Venter announced that his team, along with the governmental Human Genome Project, were the first to successfully sequence the 3-billion-plus base pairs of DNA that make up the human genome. In 2010, a group of Venter-led researchers was the first to transplant a genome made from synthetic DNA into a bacterial cell. The new cell was capable of self-replication, a sign of “synthetic life.”
In a special lecture, Venter will describe his current work and new book, Life at the Speed of Light, which presents a fascinating and authoritative study of the emerging field of synthetic genomics—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.”
The lecture will be followed by a book signing in the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians.
More in this Series:
March 26, 2014
Join Tom Baione to hear how he conceived of and edited the first book about the Library's Rare Book Collection.
April 23, 2014
This program brings together researchers, medical doctors, social scientists, and ethicists to discuss the science and implications of mapping our individual genomes.
April 28, 2014
Library Special Collections at the American Museum of Natural History is proud to launch its wide-ranging new online database of digital images from the Library’s collections, featuring many images never before seen outside the Library.
May 4, 2014
Tom Baione, Boeschenstein Director of the Museum's Library, recounts the tale of the Borden Alaska Expedition of 1913, led by Museum scientist and Explorer, Roy Chapman Andrews aboard the sleek new schooner The Adventuress.