Sunday, February 22, 2009

J. Craig Venter's Sailing Lab

We pass this boat on the way out from our slip in San Diego. At 95 feet, she is quite impressive, so I decided to google her. It turns out this is J. Craig Venter's yacht, Sorcerer II, that was used for a two year expedition to collect and catalog sea microbes around the world. The work included sequencing the DNA of the specimens. There is a brief site on the expedition here. There are leads to more science here.

Some of you may remember Venter as the guy who pushed the commercial side of the race during the Human Genome Project. He is currently working at Synthetic Genomics trying to bioengineer microbes to produce clean fuel sources.

Sorcerer II is also for sale and shown on Luxist.

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