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" Accuracy in the genetic field will be essential. Errors in testing could be disastrous. "
" Most people don't realize it, because they're invisible, but microbes make up about a half of the Earth's biomass, whereas all animals only make up about one one-thousandth of all the biomass. "
" When you think of all the things that are made from oil or in the chemical industry, if in the future we could find cells to replace most of those processes, the ideal way would be to do it by direct design. "
" It takes 10 kilograms of grain to produce one kilogram of beef, 15 liters of water to get one kilogram of beef, and those cows produce a lot of methane. Why not get rid of the cows? "
" There's a constant debate over nature or nurture - they're inseparable. "
" Carole Lartigue led the effort to actually transplant a bacterial chromosome from one bacteria to another. "
" We're moving from reading the genetic code to writing it. "
" Energy is probably the most pressing demand on our planet. "
" One important part of scientific training is that scientists learn the boundaries, the safety issues, how to properly deal with and dispose of chemicals and reagents. "
" The same oil that gets burned as fuel is also the entire basis for the petrochemical industries, so our clothing, our plastics and our pharmaceuticals all come from oil and its derivatives. "
" I willed myself through a junior college to a university and, ultimately, a Ph.D. "
" You'd need a very specialized electron microscope to get down to the level to actually see a single strand of DNA. "
" We have 200 trillion cells, and the outcome of each of them is almost 100 percent genetically determined. And that's what our experiment with the first synthetic genome proves, at least in the case of really simple bacteria. It's the interactions of all those separate genetic units that give us the physiology that we see. "
" If I could change the science system, my prescription for changing the whole thing would be organising it around big goals and building teams to do it. "
" Companies, cities, and potentially even individuals could have a small refinery to make their own fuel. "
" I think future engineered species could be the source of food, hopefully a source of energy, environmental remediation and perhaps replacing the petrochemical industry. "
" Since my own genome was sequenced, my software has been broadcast into space in the form of electromagnetic waves, carrying my genetic information far beyond Earth. Whether there is any creature out there capable of making sense of the instructions in my genome, well, that's another question. "
" I suppose if there's a set of genes I have, it's detesting authority. "
" Science should be the most fun job on the planet. You get to ask questions about the world around you and go out and seek the answers. Not to have fun doing that is crazy. "
" My complaint is that there are more books and news articles than there are primary scientific papers. I am probably the biggest critic of the hypesters, because it's dangerous when fields get overhyped. "
" 'Bloomberg's, you know, for people who don't use the service, provides through the Internet - through specialized computers - information about the financial world. It's a very large data base. I think they have on the order of a billion dollars or more a year in revenue. "
" The leading edge of the best science in the world is being driven by private money, and investment money because of the scarcity of government money to do this. It's not only by far the best and most advanced science, we're driving the equation at Human Longevity that everyone else is beginning to follow as well. "
" We are going from reading our genetic code to the ability to write it. That gives us the hypothetical ability to do things never contemplated before. "
" San Francisco is one of my favorite cities on the planet. "
" For each gene in your genome, you quite often get a different version of that gene from your father and a different version from your mother. We need to study these relationships across a very large number of people. "
" I think I'm a survivor. I could have suffered at least 100 professional deaths. I could come up with a list of the 100 times I've come closest to death, from having pneumonia as a child to car crashes. "
" Privacy with medical information is a fallacy. If everyone's information is out there, it's part of the collective. "
" People want to protect the territory that they have, and they're very threatened by change. That's not true for all of scientists, but you know, fortunately, the scientific community moves forward in a conservative fashion. "
" When I started my Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, I was told that it would be difficult to make a new discovery in biology because it was all known. It all seems so absurd now. "
" As a scientist, I clearly see the potential for harnessing the power of nature. "
" When most people talk about biofuels, they talk about using oils or grease from plants. "