The J. Craig Venter Institute's Summer Internship program is a paid 8-week program for students interested in genomics. Under the supervision of a mentor, students conduct research in genomic medicine, infectious diseases, plat, microbial and environmental genomics, synthetic biology and biological energy, bioinformatics, and software engineering. Students must be 16 years old to apply, have a B average and demonstrate a strong interest in te chosen subject.
On the verge of creating synthetic life, TED Talks- "'Can we create new life out of our digital universe?' asks Craig Venter. And his answer is, yes, and pretty soon. He walks the TED2008 audience through his latest research into 'fourth-generation fuels' -- biologically created fuels with CO2 as their feedstock. His talk covers the details of creating brand-new chromosomes using digital technology, the reasons why we would want to do this, and the bioethics of synthetic life."
J. Craig Venter (born October 14, 1946) is an American biologist and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and for creating the first cell with a synthetic genome. He was listed on Time magazine's 2007 and 2008 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.