CERAWeek: How'd Venter go from DNA to energy?

After Venter and his colleagues finished sequencing the human genome “we asked what areas of science were the most important,” he said. The human genome project is helping with medicine, but he and his colleagues felt the use of fossil fuels and its environmental impacts were key.
“It can work on scale, but whether it can be done on manufacturing scale has yet to be proven,” Venter said.
“If this is a nine-inning game, what inning are we in now?” CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin asked.
“I think we’re still designing the field,” Venter said.
The science still needs to be proven. If it just contributes to 2 percent of the U.S. fuel needs, something close to what ethanol now does, “we’re going to be greatly disappointed. It’s not going to change the world.”