Der Spiegel sat down with Craig Venter to talk about his work on the human genome, what we have yet to learn from it, and the potential his current work with synthetic life has for humankind. The furor over the availability of genetic information and whether or not that information should be made available to people is "nonsense," according to Venter. "If anything, we don't really know how to read the genome and it can't tell us very much right now.

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