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A Life Decoded My Genome: My Life



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Penguin Books

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This is the Reprint edition with a publication date of 9/30/2008.
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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 Decodedis also a revealing, and often troubling, look at how science is practiced today.

Author Biography

J . Craig Venter, a pioneer in the world of genomic research, is one of the leading scientists of the twenty-first century. I n February 2001, he published the completed sequence of the human genome.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Writing My Codep. 5
University of Deathp. 27
Adrenaline Junkiep. 49
Starting Over in Buffalop. 75
Scientific Heaven, Bureaucratic Hellp. 89
Big Biologyp. 125
TIGR Cubp. 159
Gene Warsp. 171
Shotgun Sequencingp. 189
Institutional Divorcep. 216
Sequencing the Humanp. 227
Mad Magazine and Destructive Businessmenp. 254
Flying Forwardp. 267
The First Human Genomep. 281
The White House, June 26, 2000p. 310
Publish and Be Damnedp. 320
Blue Planet and New Lifep. 333
Acknowledgmentsp. 359
Notesp. 361
Indexp. 375
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