A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

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Penguin, Oct 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
The triumphant memoir of the man behind one of the greatest feats in scientific history

Of all the scientific achievements of the past century, perhaps none can match the deciphering of the human genetic code, both for its technical brilliance and for its implications for our future. In A Life Decoded, J. Craig Venter traces his rise from an uninspired student to one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in science today. Here, Venter relates the unparalleled drama of the quest to decode the human genome?a goal he predicted he could achieve years earlier and more cheaply than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project, and one that he fulfilled in 2001. A thrilling story of detection, A Life Decoded is also a revealing, and often troubling, look at how science is practiced today.
 

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User Review  - DougWilliams - LibraryThing

The book is VERY technical. A lot of good information on the human genome. (a complete record of a persons hereditary information and biological instructions for his offspring). However, unless you are really into heavy biology, you may have trouble finishing this read. Read full review

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User Review  - jonesjohnson - LibraryThing

I wanted to love this book. It seems like it could be a real find of intellectual porn. This guy just comes off an an egotistical asshole. I don't know him, so I have no idea if it is an accurate portrayal. But after reading this, I wouldn't even want to talk to him at a cocktail party. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Writing My Code
University of Death
Adrenaline Junkie
Starting Over in Buffalo
Scientific Heaven Bureaucratic Hell
Big Biology
TIGR
Shotgun Sequencing
Blue Planet and New Life
Institutional Divorce
Sequencing the Human
Mad Magazine and Destructive Businessmen 13 Flying Forward
The First Human Genome
The White House June 26 2000
Publish and Be Damned

Gene Wars

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About the author (2007)

J. Craig Venter is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to genomic research. He is also the founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics, Inc. He lives in La Jolla, California.

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