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Tick, Tick, Tick: Craig Venter on 60 Minutes

In this video, 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft profiles Craig Venter. They discuss everything from Venter's synthetic genome to his personal faults to whether or not Venter thinks he is playing God or believes in God. Venter foresees a future in which pretty much anything can be bioengineered and that that future will be here shortly. "The first things will start to come out in the next few years. I think that possibly next year's flu vaccine could come from these synthetic DNA processes," Venter says. Later in the video, Kroft asks Venter whether he is, as his critics say, "overly ambitious." To that, Venter replies: "I'm sure I am very guilty of that."


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