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Craig Venter: DNA is going digital

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

In many ways, there was the world before humans had their genome sequence in hand — and the world after. Craig Venter was the mastermind of the private effort to map the genome in the late 1990s. Since then, he's tried to deliver on the promises that came with it, launching companies and ruffling feathers along the way.

I spoke with Venter on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Here are some lightly edited highlights from our conversation: