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The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World

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The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science--the race to map the human genome.
On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel t
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Published February 3rd 2004 by Random House, Inc.
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James Shreeve had the inside scoop on Celera's attempt to sequence the human genome in the year 2000 and after a three year period, he was allowed to publish it. The narrative is one-sided - as Shreeve writes, he was not given access to the NIH Human Genome Project so his descriptions of those events are second hand. He does an excellent job explaining the science behind the sequencing and interpretation of the genome and creates memorable characters out of the scientists at Celera. I think ther ...more
The book explored the conflict between the Human Genome Project a government-based effort to map the human genome and the private efforts of Craig Venter to beat the government to the punch. Craig Venter is the type of man I would not like in person. But he cannot be ignored as a daring and competent individual. I will not scrutinize his ability as a scientist; I’m not equipped to make such judgments. What his optimism and indomitable will accomplished is tremendous and noteworthy. It is on the ...more
Cynthia Karl
An outstanding book - proves once again that truth can be stranger than fiction. What a cast of characters and the author does an excellent job of describing them. The author is also very good at using metaphors and analogies to explain the sometimes complex scientific and technological aspects of unraveling the mysteries of the genome.
An interesting story told well with lots of science and history.b
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