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Craig Venter
Venter in 2007
BornJohn Craig Venter
(1946-10-14) October 14, 1946 (age 74)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
InstitutionsState University of New York at Buffalo
National Institutes of Health
J. Craig Venter Institute
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego
Known forDNA
Human genome
Synthetic genomics
Shotgun approach to genome sequencing
Notable awardsGairdner Award (2002)
Nierenberg Prize (2007)
Kistler Prize (2008)
ENI award (2008)
Medal of Science (2008)
Dickson Prize (2011)
Leeuwenhoek Medal (2015)

John Craig Venter (born October 14, 1946) is an American biotechnologist and entrepreneur. He was one of the first to sequence the human genome,[1] and led the team which made the first cell with a synthetic genome (2010).[2][3]

Venter founded Celera Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research and the J. Craig Venter Institute. He now works at his Institute to create synthetic (artificial) biological organisms, and to record genetic diversity in the world's oceans. He was listed on Time magazine's 2007 and 2008 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In 2010, the British magazine New Statesman listed Craig Venter at 14th in the list of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010".[4]

Venter himself recognized his own ADHD behavior in his adolescence, and later found ADHD-linked genes in his own DNA.[5] In media interviews, Venter has several times said he is an atheist.[6][7]


  • Venter, J. Craig 2007. A life decoded: my genome: my life. New York: Viking.

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    ISBN 0-670-06358-4