Soo Sunny Park (b. Seoul, Korea) - Unwoven Light at Rice University’s Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas. Composed of 37 individual sculptural units, the installation uses iridescent plexi-glass embedded in pieces of a chain link fence to cast shimmering, colorful reflections across the spacious gallery.
Thirteen years ago, genome scientist J. Craig Venter announced that his team, along with the government’s Human Genome Project, was the first to successfully sequence the entire human genome. Later, his researchers were the first to successfully create a synthetic cell by transplanting synthetic DNA into a bacterial cell.
In this podcast, Venter describes his current work and new book, Life at the Speed of Light, which illuminates this emerging field of synthetic genomics by detailing its origins, controversies, and potential effects on our future, as well as providing us an opportunity to revisit the age-old question “What is life?”