Address: 200 Central Park West - 212-769-5100
Description: In 2000, genome scientist J. Craig Venter announced that his team, along with the Human Genome Project, was 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 create a new life form based on computer-designed synthetic DNA. They transplanted a genome made from synthetic DNA into a bacterial cell to create a synthetic cell.
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 examine what we really mean by "playing God." Following the lecture, Dr. Venter will sign copies of his new book, Life at the Speed of Light.
Venue Description: A museum for the 21st century, with a rich and storied past and one of the greatest natural history museums in the world, with over 40 exhibition halls. Open daily from 10am to 5:45pm except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.