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" A doctor can save maybe a few hundred lives in a lifetime. A researcher can save the whole world. "
" Now that we can read and write the genetic code, put it in digital form and translate it back into synthesized life, it will be possible to speed up biological evolution to the pace of social evolution. "
" Even with seemingly simple things like eye color, you can't tell from my genetic code whether I have blue eyes or not. So it's naive to think that complex human behaviors, like risk-seeking, are driven by changes in one or two genes. "
" Life was so cheap in Vietnam. That is where my sense of urgency comes from. "
" I'm hoping that these next 20 years will show what we did 20 years ago in sequencing the first human genome, was the beginning of the health revolution that will have more positive impact in people's lives than any other health event in history. "
" That's the nice thing about the field of science - the test of time sorts out the truth. "
" If there is a race, it is one to bring the benefits of genomes to human therapeutics. We all want to get there. We all want people to have much more meaningful and productive lives as they age. "
" People are comprised of sets of DNA from each parent. If you looked at just the DNA from your father, it wouldn't tell you who you really are. "
" The Anthropocentic Age - the first age in which humankind is the dominant species on the planet - cuts both ways: it is up to us to destroy or save the planet. We certainly have the ability. "
" The fact that I have a risk genetically for Alzheimer's and blindness is not great news. But the reality is that any one of us will have dozens of these risks, and what we have to learn is how to deal with them. "
" People equate patents with secrecy, that secrecy is what patents were designed to overcome. That's why the formula for Coca-Cola was never patented. They kept it as a trade secret, and they've outlasted patent laws by 80 years or more. "
" My genetic autobiography can be found throughout my body. "
" I was a surf bum wannabe. I left home at age 17 and moved to Southern California to try to take up surfing as a vocation, but this was in 1964, and there was this nasty little thing called the Vietnam War. As a result, I got drafted. "
" We know virtually all of the genes known to mammals. We do not know all of the combinations. "
" In a biological system, the software builds its own hardware, but design is critical, and if you start with digital information, it has to be really accurate. "
" We can now diagnose diseases that haven't even manifested in the patient, and may not until the fifth decade of life - if at all. "
" Patents are basically rights to try and develop a commercial product. "
" Transposons are just small pieces of DNA that randomly insert in the genetic code. And if they insert in the middle of the gene, they disrupt its function. "
" We're a country of laws and rules, and the Supreme Court has ruled that life forms are patentable entities. "
" I naively thought that we could have a molecular definition for life, come up with a set of genes that would minimally define life. Nature just refuses to be so easily quantified. "
" My early years were hardly a model of focus, discipline, and direction. No one who met me as a teenager could have imagined my going into research and making important discoveries. No one could have predicted the arc of my career. "
" Companies, cities, and potentially even individuals could have a small refinery to make their own fuel. "
" The trouble is the field of science, medicine, universities, biotech companies - you name it - have been so splintered, layers, sub-divided, hacked that people can spend their entire career studying one tiny little cog of life. "
" Right now, oil is being isolated around the globe, and there is a major effort in shipping, trucking and otherwise transporting that oil around to a very finite number of refineries. Biology allows us to make these same fuels in a much more distributed fashion. "
" Sometime in the future, I am a hundred percent certain scientists will sit down at a computer terminal, design what they want the organism to do, and build it. "
" I think from my experience in war and life and science, it all has made me believe that we have one life on this planet. "
" Is my science of a level consistent with other people who have gotten the Nobel? Yes. "
" There's a lot of what I call 'bio-babble' and hype out there from a lot of bioenergy companies. "
" Traditional autobiography has generally had a poor press. The novelist Daphne du Maurier condemned all examples of this literary form as self-indulgent. Others have quipped that autobiography reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory. "
" Mathematicians have been hiding and writing messages in the genetic code for a long time, but it's clear they were mathematicians and not biologists because, if you write long messages with the code that the mathematicians developed, it would more than likely lead to new proteins being synthesized with unknown functions. "
" I am absolutely certain that life can exist in outer space, move around, find a new aqueous environment. "