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    DescriptionThe renowned scientist and author of "A Life Decoded" examines the creation of life in the new field of synthetic genomics In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create "synthetic life"--putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us to actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on human existence, including chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, environmental control, and possibly even our evolution. In "Life at the Speed of Light," Venter presents a fascinating and authoritative study of this emerging field from the inside--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."" Life at the Speed of Light "is a landmark work, written by a visionary at the dawn of a new era of biological engineering.


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    Title
    Life at the Speed of Light
    Subtitle
    From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J Craig Venter
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 417 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780670025404
    ISBN 10: 0670025402
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PDA, PSAK
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    DC21: 303.483
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000
    B&T Approval Code: A60500300
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI010000
    BIC subject category V2: TCB
    DC22: 303.483
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16780
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    DC22: 303.48/3
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A60192500, A60503700
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: Q175.5 .V44 2013
    Publisher
    Viking Books
    Imprint name
    Viking Books
    Publication date
    17 October 2013
    Author Information
    J. Craig Venter is best known for sequencing the human genome. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to genomic research. He is also the founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics, Inc., as well as the author of "A Life Decoded. "He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the 2008 United States National Medal of Science, and twice been named one "Time"'s 100 most influential people. He lives in La Jolla, California. Visit jcvi.org.
    Review quote
    ""Life at the Speed of Light" provides an important look behind the hyperbolic headlines that often accompany synthetic biology, a guide to the future of life from one of the scientists helping to create it." Emily Anthes, "The Washington Post" "When scientists finally succeed in transmitting to another galaxy the digital instructions for building a living organism, they will rely on science that Venter has pioneered.... Readers will thank Venter for an insider's perspective on epoch-making science." " Booklist" "A fascinating glimpse at a scientific frontier." " ""Kirkus Reviews" "Craig Venter is a singular individual... at once inheritor of molecular biology's prior triumphs and the wellspring of its future...He compellingly depicts his diverse research as a concerted effort to shuttle biology between the material and the digital worlds...a gripping tale and welcome antidote to dry materials and methods sections that make such sagas feel disembodied and inevitable." " Science" "Spellbinding stories from the frontiers of genomics.... Venter instills awe for biology as it is, and as it might become in our hands." " Publishers Weekly" "[A] remarkable book." " Scientific American" "A great read." Ricki Lewis, PhD, "PLOS.org" "One of the world's leading scientists delivers a history of molecular biology and its many ramifications depicted as it has been and will continue to be, a creator of the golden age of modern biology. His style is that of a dispatch from the front, urgent and engaged, as only a participant could write it, and the best of its genre since James D. Watson's "The Double Helix."" Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University "In 1943 Erwin Schrodinger asked the question "What is life?" Craig Venter decided to find out. The first step in understanding something is to take it apart. The next step is to put it back together. F