J. Craig Venter, highly regarded for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research, is best known for sequencing the human genome a decade before most predicted it could be done. Author of A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life, he is founder, chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to genomic research. He is also founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI), a privately held company commercializing genomic advances, including those in synthetic genomics. Venter is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the 2008 United States National Medal of Science.
Biologist Craig Venter and his team have once again booted up a cell using DNA they synthesized themselves.