SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Oct 18, 2010) — Famed biologist and entrepreneur Dr. Craig Venter will give a special talk on synthetic genomics during the Space Studies Instituteâ€™s Space Manufacturing 14 conference in Mountain View, Calif. on Oct. 30.
Venter â€” best known for his pioneering work in sequencing the human genome and creating the first cell with a synthetic genome earlier this year â€” will give a 90-minute talk and Q&A session on the role that synthetic genetics will play in the future settlement of space. Venter will speak about how this emerging technology can be utilized in closed-loop life support systems, mineral extraction and synthesis, and other processes.
â€œWeâ€™re glad to be having Craig join us for the conference,â€ said SSI Executive Vice President Lee Valentine. â€œSynthetic genomics is a fascinating area that we believe will be beneficial to human settlement of space. We expect some great interactions during the Q&A session.â€
Dr. Venter is founder of Celera Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research and the J. Craig Venter Institute. His self-named institute is focused on creating synthetic biological organisms and documenting genetic diversity in the worldâ€™s oceans.
His talk at the NASA Ames Conference Center will be a joint session with the Synthetic Biology Workshop, a separate invitation-only conference being held at the space center the same weekend.
â€œThe timing is fortunate,â€ Valentine added. â€œWe would like to thank NASA Ames Director Pete Worden and his team for arranging this joint session. There could be good synergy between the two conferences.â€
The SSI Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement conference is a revival of a series of biennial gatherings held in Princeton, N.J., through 2001. The late Princeton physics professor Gerard K. Oâ€™Neill, author of â€œThe High Frontier,â€ a seminal book on space colonization, began the conference series to catalyze the settlement of space for the benefit of mankind.
During the Oct. 29-31 conference, space scientists and entrepreneurs will meet in Silicon Valley to plan humanityâ€™s future on the high frontier. Speakers will discuss research topics including affordable space transportation, extraterrestrial prospecting, lunar and asteroidal manufacturing processes, robotics and tele-operations, closed environment life support systems, space solar power and energy supply to the Earth, and off-planet property rights.
â€œThis conference is the only one solely concerned with the science and engineering of humanityâ€™s expansion into the solar system,â€ Valentine said.Â â€œIts most important function is to bring together the engineers, entrepreneurs and researchers who do the real work.â€
Dr. Venterâ€™s talk is open to registered attendees of SSIâ€™s Space Manufacturing Conference and NASAâ€™s Synthetic Biology Workshop. To register for the SSI conference, please visit our website at http://ssi.org/2010-conference-space-manufacturing-14/2010-register/. The Synthetic Biology Workshop is invitation only.
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About the Space Studies Institute
Professor Gerard K. Oâ€™Neill founded the Space Studies Institute (SSI) in 1977 with the hope of opening the vast wealth of space to humanity. The Instituteâ€™s mission, continuing under the direction of President Freeman Dyson, is to open the energy and material resources of space for human benefit within our lifetime. SSIâ€™s first commitment is to complete the missing technological links to make possible the productive use of the abundant resources in space.
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