Donating DNA, Craig Venter
Interviewee: Craig Venter. Craig Venter talks about donating DNA.
Well it was, I mean I did it out of scientific curiosity, I in fact wanted to see my own genetic code. But also as an advocate, you know, I predict within five or ten years it will either be mandatory or a major alternative for people to have their genetic codes determined. It may be required to get a prescription for a drug, knowing whether you have an increased risk of dying from that drug, versus being benefited from it. It's very difficult for me to advocate that it's fine for you but, you know, gee, I didn't really want to do that. So I did it out of curiosity, I did it out of setting an example, I did it out of, you know, self-examination.
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Craig Venter talks about working with repeats.
Craig Venter, the leader of the private genome effort at Celera Genomics, talks about the sources of the DNA used in their sequence.
Craig Venter talks about public's reaction to the 1995 publication of the genetic code.
Craig Venter talks about biology is complicated.
An animation introduces DNA and the pattern of inheritance for SMA.
Craig Venter, leader of the private effort at Celera Genomics, speaks about his company's reliance on the public data for reassembly of the Celera sequence.
Marshall Nirenberg (second left) explaining the genetic code to President Lyndon Johnson (second right)
DNA has four "letters" that must specify the 20 different amino acids that make up proteins. Combinatorially, using three DNA letters for one amino acid makes the most sense.
Marshall Nirenberg talks about Cracking the code in the 1960s.
DNA is a more stable molecule that evolved from RNA.