Google, Venter mum on collaboration reports

Google and the J. Craig Venter Institute are playing down highly publicized reports of a collaboration reported in a recently published book.

David Vise and Mark Malseed wrote in The Google Story, published in November, that Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and genome sequencer J. Craig Venter had started collaborating in the area of genetics research in early 2005.

However, asked to comment on those plans, both Google and the Venter Institute remained tight-lipped.

"Google has been exploring applications of our technologies to various scientific fields, including biology. We have no products to announce or information to share at this time," a Google spokesman wrote via e-mail.

"At the Venter Institute, there isn't a project under way of that nature that ran in David Vise's book, so we don't have anything to contribute at this time," said an institute spokeswoman.

Catalogue of genes

The concluding chapter of The Google Story is devoted to the Google founders' "ambitious long-term plans for Google's expansion into the fields of biology and genetics and the fusion of science, medicine, and technology."

Vise recounts discussions that both Brin and Page held with Venter in 2005 and that eventually led to Google making computing resources and engineers available to Venter.

"We need to use the largest computers in the world," Venter told the authors. "Larry and Sergey have been excited about our work and about giving us access to their computers and their algorithm guys and scientists to improve the process of analyzing data."

Venter described the collaboration's focus as generating "a gene catalogue to characterize all the genes on the planet and understand their evolutionary development," Venter told Vise.

"People will be able to log on to a Google site using search capacities and have the ability to understand things about themselves as they change in real time," Venter was quoted as saying in the book.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments



Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?