• Life at the Speed of Light

  • From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life
  • By: J. Craig Venter
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 17-10-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (4 ratings)


In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create "synthetic life" - putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us to actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on human existence, including chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, environmental control, and possibly even our evolution.
In Life at the Speed of Light, Venter presents a fascinating and authoritative study of this emerging field from the inside-detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. This scientific frontier provides an opportunity to ponder anew the age-old question "What is life?" and examine what we really mean by "playing God." Life at the Speed of Light is a landmark work, written by a visionary at the dawn of a new era of biological engineering.
©2013 J. Craig Venter (P)2013 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 15-12-13

Very technical book, not for the average listener

This is a very interesting book from the standpoint that it documents a very historical event with the creation of synthetic life. This book provides a detailed history leading up to and then the aftermath of Dr. Venter and associates creation of the synthetic biology. The book is well written, but the content is very scientific and perhaps is more appropriate for scientist and those who have a strong scientific interest or understanding of Dr. Venters work. The performance of the narrator is very good, and even the content of the books is good for the right audience. My opinion is that this book is not necessarily for the average listener. The content is complex and was above my understanding. Over this book is, and will continue to be a very important historical record for the actual scientific creation of the first synthetic life.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ronbow on 19-11-14

It's a history book of the study of genetics

What disappointed you about Life at the Speed of Light?

You have to been a serious lab geek to want to listen to CV rattle off hours of names and dates and studies and names and dates and studies. It's like reading the results of a PubMed search out loud.

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