Awash in discoveries

In the 1970s, when scientist J. Craig Venter was working on his doctorate at the University of California, he was told: "Basically it would be difficult to come up with any new discoveries in biology because everything was already known."Recounting that story to the oil industry in Houston last February at the Cambridge Energy Research Associates' 20th annual CERAWeek conference, Venter laughed."Probably 99% of the discoveries in biology that will ever take place, remain to be made," he countered.Venter knows because he is awash in discoveries, having worked with hundreds of international scientists on the project to sequence the human genome, a project with such promise for discovery...

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