A Life Decoded by J. Craig Venter
My Genome: My Life

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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 Decoded is also a revealing, and often troubling, look at how science is practiced today.


 

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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.
 
Published October 18, 2007 by Penguin Books. 428 pages
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The accomplished Venter, whose race to be the first to sequence the human genome made him a controversial figure, offers an engaging, albeit self-serving, story of his life and scientific achievements.

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Infamously, he suggested to government scientists that they should let him finish the human genome project and should themselves chart a mouse genome instead — an offer he still spins as his “dream of working on the human genome together with the public program.” Naturally, the government scienti...

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A Life Decoded : My Genome: My Life by Craig Venter Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Scientist Craig Venter published the sequence of the huma...

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A Life Decoded: My Genome - My Life by J Craig Venter 390pp, Allen Lane, £25 Avoid Boring People and Other Lessons from a Life in Science by James D Watson 347pp, Oxford, £14.99 "Swimming with one arm while being tumbled by 10 to 12ft waves and holding on to a writhing snake is not something ...

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London Review of Books

Already JCVI scientists have discovered millions of new genes, and Venter has published huge amounts of this material in the open-access, peer-reviewed Public Library of Science, the same place where, several months ago, he published the first diploid genome of an individual human being – unsurpr...

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