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The Voyage of Sorcerer II

J. Craig Venter

Warwick’s presents
J. Craig Venter

The Voyage of Sorcerer II

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - 7:30pm PDT

Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
The Voyage of Sorcerer II

This event is free and open to the public; free admittance is subject to available space. Limited open seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host J. Craig Venter as he discusses and signs his new book, The Voyage of Sorcerer II: The Expedition That Unlocked the Secrets of the Ocean’s Microbiome. J. Craig Venter is founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a nonprofit research organization. He is cofounder of the biotechnology companies Celera, Synthetic Genomics, and Human Longevity. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he has received numerous public honors and scientific awards, including the U.S. National Medal of Science.

Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

"Will undoubtedly shape our understanding of the global ecosystem for decades to come." ~Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies

A celebrated genome scientist sails around the world, collecting tens of millions of marine microbes and revolutionizing our understanding of the microbiome that sustains us.

Upon completing his historic work on the Human Genome Project, J. Craig Venter declared that he would sequence the genetic code of all life on earth. Thus began a fifteen-year quest to collect DNA from the world's oldest and most abundant form of life: microbes. Boarding the Sorcerer II, a 100-foot sailboat turned research vessel, Venter traveled over 65,000 miles around the globe to sample ocean water and the microscopic life within.

In The Voyage of Sorcerer II, Venter and science writer David Ewing Duncan tell the remarkable story of these expeditions and of the momentous discoveries that ensued―of plant-like bacteria that get their energy from the sun, proteins that metabolize vast amounts of hydrogen, and microbes whose genes shield them from ultraviolet light. The result was a massive library of millions of unknown genes, thousands of unseen protein families, and new lineages of bacteria that revealed the unimaginable complexity of life on earth. Yet despite this exquisite diversity, Venter encountered sobering reminders of how human activity is disturbing the delicate microbial ecosystem that nurtures life on earth. In the face of unprecedented climate change, Venter and Duncan show how we can harness the microbial genome to develop alternative sources of energy, food, and medicine that might ultimately avert our destruction.

A captivating story of exploration and discovery, The Voyage of Sorcerer II restores microbes to their rightful place as crucial partners in our evolutionary past and guides to our future.

The Voyage of Sorcerer II: The Expedition That Unlocked the Secrets of the Ocean's Microbiome By J. Craig Venter, David Ewing Duncan, Erling Norrby (Foreword by) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780674246478
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Belknap Press - September 12th, 2023