You may have heard of Craig Venter before, as his former company Celera Genomics was one of the two groups responsible for publishing the first human genome sequence. However, Craig Venter is crazy. So crazy, that Craig Venter just might kill you if you get him angry. Why, you ask? Here are five starter reasons:
5. He’s infamously cut-throat
He’s been called alternately “Darth Venter“, “a one man superpower “, and “an asshole”. But how did Venter get this reputation? It likely has something to do with him patenting human gene sequences for profit. Also, blowing up Alderaan.
4. He was in Viet-Nam
3. He’s a billionaire
Craig Venter is so damn rich that he could pay to have a piano dropped on you and your loved ones, every day of the year for the next 300 hundred years [($1,000,000,000 / $8000)/365]. Plus, he has two magic science boats, a team of brilliant lackies, and a cool rain jacket.
2. He sequenced his own genome
He really did. If you think one Craig Venter might kill you, imagine what an army of clone-Venters could achieve.
1. His lab recently created the first synthetic genome
If you thought Venter’s heyday had past, think again. The J. Craig Venter Institute is has been busy creating life from scratch in the lab. While the JCVI argues that their technology could be used to create bacteria that produce electricity/oil/hydrogen, I can only think this might be the start of something bad, especially coming from Darth Venter.