Geneticist Craig Venter recently gave an interview to Der Spiegel, and discussed the Human Genome Project, what we've learned from sequencing the human genome, making synthetic cells, and a few other topics. The interview is vintage Venter and worth reading to get his perspective.

One example, his view on the significance of having the human genome sequence:

SPIEGEL: Why is it taking so long for the results of genome research to be applied in medicine?

Venter: Because we have, in truth, learned nothing from the genome other than probabilities. How does a 1 or 3 percent increased risk for something translate into the clinic? It is useless information.

And one other example, his opinion of NIH Director Francis Collins, faith, and science:

SPIEGEL: Some scientist don't rule out a belief in God. Francis Collins, for example ...

Venter: ... That's his issue to reconcile, not mine. For me, it's either faith or science - you can't have both.

SPIEGEL: So you don't consider Collins to be a true scientist?

Venter: Let's just say he's a government administrator.