A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 30, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages

Craig Venter is no ordinary scientist, and no ordinary man. He is the first human being ever to read their own DNA – and see the key to life itself. Yet in doing so, he rocked the establishment and became embroiled in one of the biggest controversies of our age.

This is the story of his incredible life: from teenage rebel and Vietnam medic, to daredevil sailor and maverick researcher, whose race to unravel the sequence of the human genome made him both hero and pariah. Incorporating his own genetic make-up into his story, this is an electrifying portrait of a man who pushed back the boundaries of the possible.

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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

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