A Life Decoded

A Life Decoded

My Genome, My Life

Book - 2007
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The story of the man who achieved one of the greatest feats of our era--the mapping of the human genome. After nearly flunking out of high school, Venter went to Vietnam, where the life and death struggles he encountered as a medic piqued his interest in science and medicine. In 1984 he joined the National Institutes of Health, introduced novel techniques for rapid gene discovery, and left in 1991 to form his own nonprofit genomics research center, where he sequenced the first genome in history in 1995. In 1998 he announced that he would successfully sequence the human genome years sooner, and for far less money, than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project would--a prediction he kept in 2001. The tale involves as much politics (personal and political) as science. He also describes the other startling projects he has conducted since.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2007
ISBN: 9780670063581
0670063584
Branch Call Number: Biography B Ven

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John_M
Jan 08, 2012

I read this book to get more information about the biology and technology behind DNA and the genome after hearing exerts from a speech by Craig Venter. I did learn from this book and enjoyed reading about the processes scientists follow to reach their goals. But I found the author far too self centred; he is only plays by the rules and does not stab others in their back. This was predicted by his introduction which included several amusing quotations about the downfalls of autobiographies.

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